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Will Stopping Statins Reverse Diabetes

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How Can I Safely Come Off Statins?

Statins are prescription medications that can lower your cholesterol levels. Popular statins include atorvastatin (Lipitor), rosuvastatin (Crestor), and simvastatin (Zocor). Statins work in two ways. First, they stop the production of cholesterol in your body. Second, they help your body reabsorb the cholesterol that has built plaques in your artery walls. This reduces your risk of blood vessel blockages and heart attacks. Statins are typically very successful at lowering cholesterol, but they only work as long as you’re taking them. Therefore, most people who begin taking a statin medication will likely take it for the rest of their lives. If you’ve been taking statins and would like to stop, you’ll need to do so with your doctor’s guidance. This is because it can be dangerous to stop taking statins. These drugs are highly effective in preventing heart problems such as heart attack and stroke. In fact, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), they can reduce your risk of these and other cholesterol-related problems by as much as 50 percent. The AHA looks at stopping the use of such effective medications as essentially doubling your risk of these health problems. Continue reading >>

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  1. joyce12429

    ATORVASTATIN CAUSING TYPE 2 DIABETES?

    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

    HI THERE JOYCE ....I AM SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR DIFFICULTIES AND STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT YOUR STATINS ARE CAUSING YOUR DIABETIC STATE AND WOULD SUGGEST YOU STOP THE STATINS IMMEDIATELY,
    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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