Resource Summary

Clinical Question:
Do statins increase the risk of diabetes^ and does this worsen outcomes?

Statins modestly increase blood glucose^ which leads to 1 in 250 or so patients crossing the “diabetic threshold” over 5 years. Pre-existing elevated sugars^ other diabetes risk factors or higher doses may slightly increase the risk. This should not change statin prescribing as they reduce cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality in appropriate patients.

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Publication Date: 2013-5-27
Last Updated on PCR: 2017-04-01 09:41:24