Medications can be an important tool for controlling your cholesterol levels. But taking statins is also linked to a slightly increased risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a 2010 analysis of 13 studies involving 91,000 participants. More recent discoveries, published in 2017, showed that the use of statins increased the chances of diabetes by 36%.
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How the two are related is not totally clear. Having high cholesterol per se is a risk factor for diabetes, so people taking statins may already be at risk for developing T2DM. Still, it is worth considering your options if your doctor tells you that you need to do something about your cholesterol level. "For some, lifestyle choices like eating healthy, exercising and quitting can be a better solution," says Jyothinagaram.