Type 2 diabetes increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Many patients with diabetes also have elevated cholesterol levels – a condition that can also increase cardiovascular risks – which is often managed by cholesterol-lowering statin medications. However, recent studies show that statin therapy can increase blood sugar levels. Statin medications, such as the widely prescribed Lipitor, reduce the number of cardiovascular events overall, but have also been shown to increase fasting blood glucose and HbA1c, a form of hemoglobin that is measured primarily to identify the average blood glucose concentration over a prolonged period of time. New studies ... Read More
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