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Statins may protect against diabetes

13th September 2006

Statins not only help high cholesterol levels, but new research has shown that they can also treat the symptoms of diabetes-causing metabolic syndrome.

There is new hope for patients suffering from metabolic syndrome - a cause of high blood pressure and abdominal obesity - following a study by researchers at the University of California.

The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, gives findings that may help one in four individuals in the West.

Metabolic syndrome leaves sufferers at a significantly increased risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.

"Changes in diet and exercise, resulting in weight loss are still the treatment of choice for preventing the consequences of metabolic syndrome," Kenny Jialal, a professor of internal medicine at UC Davis Health System, told RxPG News.

"However, people don't always adhere to those changes. Our results suggest that statin may be a way to forestall the deadly complications of metabolic syndrome."

The study was part-funded by a grant from Merck Medical School.