Drug Taken by Millions of Women Linked to Alzheimers

A 2012 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that post-menopausal women who took Lipitor or other types of statin drugs, faced a 48% increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, compared to those who did not.

Diabetes is a known risk for dementia and possibly Alzheimers Disease. Currently there is no cure for Alzheimers.

It was pointed out in the statin study, which included 153,840 non-diabetic women between the ages of 50 and 79, that there were other factors involved which may also have increased the women’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes—including advanced age, obesity, and lack of physical activity. However, the group that did not take a statin was equally overweight, aged and lacked physical activity.

Researchers also found that the chances for women getting type 2 diabetes from taking statin drugs may also depend on ethnicity as well. The studies showed that Asian women have the highest risk, followed by Caucasian women, and Latinas. African American women experienced the lowest risk for developing diabetes from taking statins. The reason for this is not yet clear.

If you are a woman, especially an older woman, who is prescribed a statin drug to control high cholesterol, be sure to ask your doctor about the link between statin drugs and developing type 2 diabetes which could lead to Alzheimers or dementia.

This is important information to be aware of so that you can make the most informed and best choice for your own health.

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