Should Diabetics Take Statins

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Statin Side Effects: Weigh The Benefits And Risks

Statin side effects can be uncomfortable, making it seem like the risks outweigh the benefits of these powerful cholesterol-lowering medications. Doctors often prescribe statins for people with high cholesterol to lower their total cholesterol and reduce their risk of a heart attack or stroke. While statins are highly effective, they have been linked to muscle pain, digestive problems and mental fuzziness in some people and may rarely cause liver damage. Statins include atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Altoprev), pitavastatin (Livalo), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor) and simvastatin (Zocor). Having too much cholesterol in your blood increases your risk of heart attacks and strokes. Statins block a substance your liver needs to make cholesterol. This causes your liver to remove cholesterol from your blood. If you think you're experiencing side effects from statins, don't just stop taking the pills. Talk to your doctor to see if a change of dosage or even a different type of medication might be helpful. What are statin side effects? Muscle pain and damage One of the most common complaints of people taking statins is muscle pain. You may feel t Continue reading >>

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  1. Greygoose

    Statins and Pre-diabetes?

    I have read several articles (WebMD, Mayo Clinic) which state that statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) may be linked to a raised risk of Type 2 diabetes. According to these articles, it's possible that your blood sugar level may increase when you take a statin which may lead to developing type 2 diabetes. The risk is small but important enough that the FDA has issued a warning on statin labels regarding this. I have been on a very low dose of Crestor (5 mg, 3 times a week) for 3-4 years and my A1C seems to be stuck at 6.4. I just wondered if anyone has experienced this? I was planning to stop my Crestor for 3 months to see if it makes a difference in my A1C. My physician agreed on this plan, but doubts I will see much difference. The studies are inconclusive about the effect of statins on blood glucose.
    Thanks for your comments!

  2. MarkM

    This another case of your mileage-may-vary. For some people it makes a difference, but for most it doesn't. Having said that, as you are borderline T2, it makes sense to avoid everything that could push you over the edge. The benefits of statins are questionable anyway. Also get regular exercise and reduce carbs to help maintain insulin sensitivity.

  3. CalgaryDiabetic

    Why risk aggravating the diabetes by taking something that is of dubious value. with an A1c of 6.4% you are a mild diabetic and believe me aggravating the diabetes is not a fun thing to do.

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