Will Stopping Statins Reverse Diabetes

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Statins Side Effects, Benefits, Risks And Danger, Natural Alternatives

Ray Sahelian, M.D. Although in short term studies patients taking statin drugs show a lower incidence of heart disease and stroke, many patients feel years older while taking these drugs since the side effects mimic the aging process. Some of these adverse reactions include muscle pain, joint pain, cataracts, liver dysfunction, fatigue and memory loss. Taking statins can lead to weight gain, raised blood sugar levels, and it can increase the chances of getting type 2 diabetes. Some users report low mood or depression. Nerve damage or neuropathy may occur. Statin use is associated with increased incidence of acute and chronic kidney disease. Long-term effects of statins in real-life patients may differ from shorter term effects found in selected clinical trial populations. Are the benefits overhyped while side effects underreported? Statins, a commonly prescribed class of lipid-lowering drugs that include Lipitor, Zocor and Crestor, are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States. Many doctors and their patients do not realize the potential serious side effects and dangers. Doctors are prescribing these drugs too casually. See my discussions in the March and November Continue reading >>

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  1. joyce12429


    Hi, In November 2011 I had a heart attack despite never having had raised cholesterol. I now take a myriad of drugs that the hospital gave me one of which is ATORVASTATIN. I am now told that I am border line type 2 diabetic and that I should alter my lifestyle! I am normally a very fit, slim, recently retired 62 year old lady. I do not take sugar in beverages (use a leaf extract sweetener) I hardly ever eat biscuits or sweets as I prefer savoury flavours and I am busy most of the time (a little less now that I've been diagnosed with Neuropathic pain (ouch). People are astounded when I tell them that my blood tests are showing borderline diabetes and I am wondering how many other people have been given this borderline diagnosis since taking ATORVASTATIN. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

  2. alzheimer

    It is well known that statins can cause the diabetic state and I am not surprised that people are astounded at your blood tests.
    Why not come off ALL statins for a few weeks then get a repeat blood test done and see if there is an improvement... I believe you will find that there will be - particularly if you take Co Enzyme Q 10 which can help reverse the problems that so many others encounter with taking any form of STATIN drugs.
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  3. Powerwalker

    Hi Joyce Sorry to hear that your test show that you are bordering diabetice type 2 when you're so conscious of your sugar and fitness levels. Not sure if Atorvastatin caused this though! Regarding your Neuropathic Pain, I am sure I read in an article in the Daily Express that some people suffered from this as a result of taking Atorvastatin - suggest you Google "Daily Express - Statin" to read the article yourself. I was on Atorvastatin after leaving hospital when I had a minor heart attack. After a few months I got severe pains in my legs, arm and neck muscles. I stopped it but still have pains but nowhere near as severe. I am very concerned about Statins in general and have decided not to take them in future. Let us know how you get on!

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