Statins And Diabetes Warning

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Fda Adds Diabetes Warning To Statin Label

WASHINGTON -- The FDA said today that all statins must carry warnings about increased risks of elevated blood sugar and possible transient memory and cognition problems, but at the same time the agency removed a standing recommendation for routine liver function tests for patients taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs. The FDA said the label changes apply to atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor), lovastatin extended-release (Altoprev), pitavastatin (Livalo), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor), and simvastatin (Zocor). Despite the additional warnings, the FDA said it "continues to believe that the cardiovascular benefits of statins outweigh these small increased risks." Rather than regular monitoring of liver function, the agency said that clinicians should now simply order a liver function test before starting a patient on a statin. Although the drugs do carry a risk of liver damage, the agency has judged the risk to be "rare and unpredictable in individual patients." The diabetes warning has been rumored as a possibility since the findings from the JUPITER trial of rosuvastatin revealed an unexpected 27% increase in new onset diabetes amon 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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