The cardiovascular benefits of statin therapy in relevant patients greatly outweigh the adverse effects of the increased glycaemia these drugs cause, as shown in this discussion of relevant trials.
- The cardiovascular disease (CVD) benefits of statin therapy in relevant patients heavily outweigh adverse glycaemic effects.
- Patients using statins should be informed of the small increase in the risk of new-onset diabetes that taking statins involves, and that it may relate in part to an increase in bodyweight or the presence of other major risk factors for diabetes.
- These risk factors require regular monitoring, and weight gain should be avoided by attention to diet and exercise.
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