Should Healthy People Take Statins?
FAQ: Preventing First-Time Heart Disease With Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs
What are the risks of statins for healthy people who do not have high LDL cholesterol? continued...
How big is the risk? The study found that if 255 patients take a statin for four years, the drugs will cause one extra case of diabetes. Meanwhile, the drugs would prevent 5.4 heart-related deaths or heart attacks. Overall, the benefit of statins in reducing heart disease risk is nine times greater than the drugs' danger of increasing diabetes risk.
However, this finding suggests that older patients taking statins should have their blood sugar levels checked regularly.