Statins And Diabetes Should We Be Worried

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Are Statins Safe? Only You And Your Doctor Can Decide

The controversy raging over the safety and effectiveness of statins is creating uncertainty among people taking them or who might need to consider doing so. Are statins as controversial as stories suggest? Statins lower the amount of bad (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol in your blood, and the higher your cholesterol, the greater the riskof a heart attack. If you have a gene defect that causes a very high cholesterol level – a condition called familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) – then you are at very high risk of a heart attack. Before statins, doctors were virtually powerless to prevent such heart attacks because there were no drugs that were effective at reducing cholesterol without causing intolerable side effects. Statins changed all that. Now people with FH can take a statin and expect to live a normal lifespan. Similarly, if you have suffered a heart attack, regardless of your cholesterol level, there is abundant uncontested evidence that taking a statin will reduce your risk of a further heart attack or stroke. So where is the problem? The problem arises when we consider giving a statin to healthy people, who have no apparent cholesterol gene defect or evidence of h Continue reading >>

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  1. LindyLovesLipstick

    I was diagnosed with T2 last week after my a1c was diagnosed as a 7. Since then I have cut out the majority of simple sugars and carbs, using the Keto diet as a model. I've tested my blood sugar this week and it's still in the 130's fasting. Am I being too impatient? My doctor also gave me some samples of Farxiga, but I didn't take it more than a couple days because the side effects kept me from concentrating at work. I emailed him this morning asking if I could go on Metformin instead because my mom(she's T2) has used that with success.

  2. Baeker

    Definitely you'll probably want some Metformin, it's good stuff. Take it slow and let your body settle, don't worry too much about any number, it's the trend that's important.
    You might find that even with oral meds, diet and exercise you can't keep your BG down. Insulin is not a boogey-man. It's pretty awesome stuff. Don't be afraid of it. Don't let them wave it like a stick to scare you.

  3. LindyLovesLipstick

    Thank you for the encouragement!

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