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Statins And Type 2 Diabetes: What You Need To Know

Statins are a type of drug prescribed to patients with high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. They work by blocking a substance needed to make LDL cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol, in your liver. As it travels through the blood, LDL cholesterol deposits fatty particles on the arterial walls in the heart and brain. Over time, buildup can cause a blockage that can lead to heart attack or stroke. Statins help lower LDL cholesterol. This can lower your risk of stroke and heart attack. Statins also help to: reduce inflammation improve the health of the lining of blood vessels reduce the risk of blood clots Statins have been used for more than 25 years. In February 2012, though, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised health providers and consumers that the use of statins may increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Statins are usually safe and provide many benefits. As with many drugs, you and your doctor must weigh the pros and cons of taking a statin drug. The FDA still believes in the benefits of statins. The 2012 announcement isn’t meant to urge all people to stop taking statins. Rather, it advises doctors to monitor the blood sugar leve Continue reading >>

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  1. Obeejj

    Has anyone experienced blurred vision using metformin?

    After upping my dose of 500mg metformin to 1000mg a day my vision is very blurry. I can't see without my readers on. Anyone else experiencing this. Please help!

  2. UN Uncltodd

    When I started Metformin 500mg 2/day three years ago, I noticed changes in my vision literally overnight! I mentioned it to an ophthalmic surgeon, who examined me for possible diabetic retina damage two days later. He reported that, basically, the geometry of my eyeballs was physically changing as my BG rapidly approached "normal." Sorry, Uncltodd, give your eyes at least 4 weeks to become stabilized in their "new" shape, then have a thorough exam by an optometrist and new prescriptions! Sadly, the best my eye doctor of 30 years could do was 20/20, where before I was correctable to 20/15. A miserable 4 weeks, could not read or enjoy TV. Same prescription for eyes AND Metformin since that time! I DO notice some blurriness if I do something stupid in my daily diet (chocaholic!) or forget my med. Note that my 500mg 2/day is considered "minimal" by my doctor- possibly your doctor was hoping that you could get by on a lower initial dosage? Metformin has many other (for me) annoying side-effects. :-( Hope I have helped.

  3. OB Obeejj

    Thanks so much for that. That makes perfect sense!!! Thanks again

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