"Watch out for diabetes if you are on a statin and are at risk of diabetes," Watts said. Risk factors for diabetes include obesity, family history and abnormal blood sugar levels, he said. "If you are on a statin make sure you lead a healthy lifestyle," he added.
Another expert, Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a spokesman for the American Heart Association and a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, said that "statin therapy has been clearly demonstrated to prevent cardiovascular events and premature cardiovascular death in men and women."
"This study confirms there is substantial net benefit of statin therapy even when fully accounting for the diabetes risk," he said.
For more information on statins, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
SOURCES: Paul Ridker, M.D., M.P.H., director, Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston; Gerald Watts, M.B., Ph.D., Winthrop Professor of Medicine, Cardiometabolic Research Center, University of Western Australia; Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., spokesman, American Heart Association, and professor, cardiology, University of California, Los Angeles; Aug. 9, 2012, The Lancet online
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