03/13/2014 01:24 pm ET Updated Mar 13, 2014

New Study Suggests Very Few Side Effects Can Be Directly Attributed To Statins

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For patients treated with statins, only a very small minority of side effects reported can be directly attributed to the drugs, according to the results of a new study[1]. In primary prevention, the risk of developing diabetes with statins is real, but just one in five cases of new-onset diabetes is caused by the drugs, while the risk of developing diabetes in secondary prevention is offset by the reduction in cardiovascular deaths, report investigators.

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