Statin Safety


Story Updated: Jul 11, 2013

Good news for millions of Americans taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to help prevent heart disease and stroke. A brand new study finds these drugs work well-. with very few side effects.

Researchers looked at data from 1-hundred-35 previous drug studies that included nearly 2-hundred-50-thousand people ...They focused on the safety of seven statins currently on the market.

Their conclusion: adverse events are rare.

Statins did not increase the risk of cancer...

They were associated with a typically reversible increase in liver enzymes, but the level of liver toxicity was very low.

And while the researchers discovered a small increased risk of diabetes, they stress the cardiovascular benefits of statins far outweigh the risks.

As always, it's important to speak to your personal physician about what's right for you.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news doctors are reading health news that matters to you.

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