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Red Yeast Rice & Diabetes Risk
Question: I read that statins can cause diabetes. Is this true also with red yeast rice?
Answer: The use of statin drugs (for cholesterol-lowering) can slightly raise blood sugar levels and slightly increase the risk of diabetes. Although these effects are theoretically possible with red yeast rice (because it naturally contains statin compounds), such effects have not been demonstrated. For details, see the Concerns and Cautions section of the Red Yeast Rice Review. Also see our Top Pick for red yeast rice.