Newly published research reveals that more frequent statin drug use is associated with accelerated coronary artery and aortic artery calcification, both of which greatly contribute to cardiovascular and all-cause mortality.

Published Aug. 8 th 2012 in the journal Diabetes Care, researchers studied patients with type 2 diabetes and advanced atherosclerosis and found that coronary artery calcification "was significantly higher in more frequent statin users than in less frequent users."

Furthermore, in a subgroup of participants initially not receiving statins, "progression of both coronary artery calcification and aortic artery calcification was significantly increased in frequent statin users."

What is perhaps most alarming about this new finding is that statin drugs have already been shown to significantly increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, prompting the FDA on February 27, 2011 to add "diabetes risk" to the warning label of all statin drugs marketed in this country.

Now, with this latest discovery, it is safe to say, not only do statins likely induce type 2 diabetes, but they also accelerate the cardiovascular complications associated with the disease -- a painfully ironic and highly concerning fact, considering that statins are supposed to reduce cardiovascular disease, not accelerate it.

Dr. Uffe Ravnskov says that this is only the tip of a massive iceberg of statin-induced adverse effects, including heart failure.

If you know someone on a statin drug, especially someone who also has diabetes or is at risk of developing it, please tell them about this.

My cholesterol isn't high, so taking a drug to lower it is not part of consciousness. But even if it were high, I would not take a statin drug. I would sooner live with high cholesterol than take a statin drug.