Researchers from Johns Hopkins Medical have concluded a major study published by the British Medical Journal on July 31, which has concluded that statins including Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor have side effects which do not outweigh the benefits of lowering cholesteral.
Statins are a widely used m with an estimated 200 million people worldwide using the medication to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. The drugs are prescribed to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular problems by lowering cholesteral levels. Statins have also been linked to a number of debilitating side effects, including diabetes and muscle damage that can eventually lead to kidney failure.
Researchers confirmed that statins can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and a serious muscle condition known as rhabdomyolysis. However, the researchers concluded that their findings suggest the diabetes side effects appeared in patients who were at-risk of diabetes already.