Understand the Warning Labels That Accompany Statins

New labeling requirements raise questions about diabetes and memory loss, but the benefits still appear to outweigh any risks.

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Taking a statin may do much more than help you manage your cholesterol. Studies in the past year suggest that the widely prescribed medications may adversely affect cognitive function and blood glucose levels, while at the same time help to protect against inflammatory disease, prostate cancer and neurological diseases such as Parkinsons and Alzheimers. But it is the possible negative side effects of statins that prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this year to change the drugs warning label to reflect concerns about diabetes and cognitive dysfunction. The revised warnings note that statins may lead to memory problems or confusion, and they may contribute to elevated blood glucose levels.
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