Type 1 diabetics taking statins for 1-6 years were 3.2 times more likely to have cognitive impairment compared to Type 1 diabetics who had never taking statins.
“Statin use was associated with cognitive impairment, particularly affecting memory, in these middle-aged adults with childhood-onset [type 1 diabetes], whom at this age, should not yet manifest age-related memory deficits,” the authors of the paper concluded.
They also note:
“Animal and cell culture studies show that statins can damage cerebral gray and white matter, thereby affecting cognitive function. Findings from human studies remain controversial; early observational studies reported that statin use negatively affected cognition, especially memory, while more recent studies have not replicated these findings.”
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