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Do Statins Cause or Aggravate Type 2 Diabetes?

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Over 10 years ago we began hearing from readers of our newspaper column that statin-type cholesterol-lowering medicine might be having an impact on blood sugar control. One of the first messages was from Rush:
"I am a type 2 diabetes patient who is also taking Lipitor. I take glucophage and glucotrol and I have recently been having trouble with my elevated blood sugars. I do not seem to be able to get them to an acceptable level."

Initially, we discounted this kind of story. We just couldn't imagine that drugs like atorvastatin (Lipitor), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor) or simvastatin (Zocor) could make blood glucose harder to control in people with type 2 diabetes.

A message in 2002 from Helene got our attention, though: "Recently, the physician prescribed Lipitor for my husband and myself. We both have been diganosesd with type 2 diabetes. We are both taking glyburide and my husband takes Avandia in addition. Since we have started on Lipitor, our blood sugar has been rising rapidly."

The idea that statins could make diabetes worse seemed so heretical that we decided to bring this to the attention of Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, who at the time was Principal Investigator of the UCSD (University of California, San Diego) Statin Study. She responded to our inquiry on Dec. 31, 2002:

"There are two studies that have shown unexpected significant increases in blood sugar or in hemoglobin A1C (which is an index of blood sugar over time) with statin use. Though increases are modest on average, some people appear to experience more considerable increases."

That really floored us. As far as we could tell, most physicians were unaware of this possible side effect of statins. In fact most physicians seemed quite convinced that people with diabetes needed to be on statins to prevent the cardiovascular complications of this disease. When we asked diabetes experts about the possibility statins like atorvastatin or simvastatin might raise blood glucose, they dismissed such a notion out of hand.

And yet the messages kept coming:
"Because of muscle weakness, fatigue and mild depression, it was necessary for me to stop Lipitor 10mg. Hoping a smaller dose of statin would not cause side effects, I took Zocor (simvastatin) 5mg. After 1 1/2 years on Zocor, tests were done to determine why I had neuropathy. One of the tests showed increased blood sugar and A1c. After stopping Zocor, the neuropathy has disappeared and the blood sugar and A1c are within normal limits. I also lost some weight during this time so it may be more due to coincidence." Carol, Feb. 6, 2003.

But the stories kept coming. Dot offered this on Jan. 21, 2003:
"My husband was put was put on Lipitor one year ago. At his last checkup his cardiologist mentioned to him that his blood sugar was elevated. If it was not down by his next visit the doctor said he might have to put him on an oral medication. On his most recent visit his fasting blood sugar was 133, his A1C was 5.1. There is a
family history of hyperglycemia on his side of the family."

Not long after that a woman wrote to say: "I have been on statins (Mevacor and later Zocor) for approximately 17 years. My glucose was high normal until the last 3 years when it moved into the high range. I brought this to the attention of my doctor who said he was not aware of any studies suggesting statins could raise blood sugar. My glucose reading was elevated at my most recent physical and my doctor said that I was now a diabetic."

Most health professional characterize such stories as "anecdotal." In other words, unscientific. Then along came the JUPITER trial. This study involved over 17,000 healthy men and women who were randomized to receive either rosuvastatin (Crestor) or placebo. They were tracked for almost two years. This statin was quite effective in reducing LDL cholesterol and a marker of inflammation called C-reactive protein. The drug "reduced the incidence of major cardiovascular events." It also produced a "higher incidence of physician-reported diabetes." [New England Journal of Medicine, Nov. 20, 2008].

Now there was some scientific evidence to support the anecdotes. Still, the medical community could not really believe that statins might be in some way causing diabetes. Then along came a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology [April 5, 2011]. The investigators reviewed data from three clinical trials. They found that people taking atorvastatin (Lipitor) were at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This likelihood was especially strong among people with other predictors for diabetes: high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and excess pounds.
In one of the trials, nearly half the participants with these characteristics developed diabetes while taking Lipitor. One of five volunteers on placebo with these traits was diagnosed with diabetes. The researchers recommended that people without heart disease should use diet and exercise instead of drugs to lower cholesterol, if possible. They also suggested that doctors should monitor their patients on Lipitor to detect early warning signs of diabetes.
http://content.onlinejacc.org/cgi/content/abstract/57/14/1535

The most recent study to suggest that there really is a link between statins and a higher risk of diabetes comes from the Journal of the American Medical Association (June 22/29, 2011). People on high-dose statin therapy had a greater risk of developing new-onset diabetes compared with moderate-dose statin therapy.

Where does all this leave patients with elevated cholesterol levels? People with heart disease, or those who have had heart attacks or stents are likely to have more benefits than problems with statins. But otherwise healthy people with elevated cholesterol may need to balance this new complication against potential benefit. If you also experience side effects such as muscle pain, weakness or nerve pain (neuropathy), the equation may tip the wrong way. Please discuss the latest research with a physician to see what the new data mean for you.

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You presented some very important facts and hopefully will help many people refuse to take a statin and stop taking one if presently taking. I was surprised that your last paragraph stated "People with heart disease or those who have had heart attacks or stents are likely to have more benefits than problems with satins."

After 6 years of reading many serious negatives about any amount of any statin, including those from you and from your readers, I think you should not have said this. Especially since you did not tell your readers what level of total cholesterol or what level of LDL is acceptable.

3 independent statin researchers have stated not to worry if statin level is not above 300. The statin manufacturers now have the medical field convinced that a statin should be taken if it is above 125. They are pushing hard to convince doctors and patients it should be 100.

They are paying for studies in Mexico and India to state that patients need to reach these lower levels. Two Associated Press articles in the past 12 months told that many statin researchers have found that when total cholesterol is reduced to 125 from taking satins that the vital cholesterol produced in the brain for the brain's use and produced by the liver for the body's use - is being removed also and causing many more serious problems not previously seen, such as serious short term memory loss and confusion, lowered immunity, and other serious problems caused by the brain and body no longer having the cholesterol it must have for them to function properly.

Even 8 years ago Lipitor had caused 200 deaths. So many people are on walkers, bedridden, on dialysis because of statins, and because their doctors insist they stay on a statin even when they have the very serious symptoms that the prescription instructions say "Call your doctor immediately if these symptoms occur." Your statement above misleads those "with heart disease or those who have had heart attacks or stents" into remaining on a statin or that it is OK to begin taking a statin. Very poor advice from you. Thank you for your constant help with my health and all you other readers' health.

This report coincides with my experience. I have NO signs of diabetes except the A1C reading. Not overweight, good urine color etc. and hardly ever eat sweets. We've thrown out pastries because, if we have them, we never finish them.

I have also experienced the muscle pain, weakness etc. Crestor almost made me bedridden.

I LISTEN TO MY BODY. So I talked to my Dr. and we changed the statin prescription - several times. I am very active so any down signs are evident.

I firmly believe the pharmacy companies use US for the guinea pigs. IF I have to have 10 other problems with a drug to treat 1 problem, I'll take the 1 problem.

"That really floored us. As far as we could tell, most physicians were unaware of this possible side effect of statins. In fact most physicians seemed quite convinced that people with diabetes needed to be on statins to prevent the cardiovascular complications of this disease."

Whats worse, is they actually buy into the absurdity that Cholesterol (A Molecule Present in nearly every cell in our body, is something to get rid of... Remember basic Anatomy and Physiology... Cholesterol plays a crucial role in many biological functions)....

I am not a diabetic. But I started monitoring my blood glucose on my own 5 years before telling my doctor. I paid for the glucose monitor and all of my supplies out of pocket. I did this because diabetes runs in my family. But ever since I was prescribed originally Vytorin and then was switched to generic simvastatin due to elevated glucose (between 100-120), my doctor then suggested I might be pre-diabetic and sent me to the counselor and dietician.

Also, I was prescribed Diltiazem for blood pressure. My blood pressure was only up sometimes at the doctor's. If they waited and took it again it would drop into the low 120's. I know I have "white coat syndrome". I keep telling them that. Then the doctor said maybe I didn't need the Diltiazem, but I'm still on it.

I monitored that at home and didn't get the same readings as in the office. I had been monitoring that for years without my doctor's knowing, then I told him. Now my glucose is always up. The last time I had hip surgery I was given insulin injections sometimes 3 times a day because my glucose was in the 140's-150's. I refused them at first but then consented.

I never had that happen before. They said it was because of the surgery. I have had many surgeries and was never given insulin nor was my glucose monitored. This time though I was on simvastatin and Diltiazem. After I left the hospital the insulin was stopped. I was there 5 days. My glucose was still monitored at the rehab home where I went after the surgery, but it was never high enough for any insulin or diabetes medication.

I had been taking both simvastatin and Diltiazem every day, but now I only take it 2-3 times a week. My glucose is still elevated sometimes into the low 130's, but that is very seldom. Sometimes it is in the 90's. I know I am very overweight, but after the first hip surgery I have been exercising at the "Y" from 5 days now down to 2 days for the last 15 years. I was never overweight before. I was underweight and very very active.

I started gaining the weight after I started having trouble with my hips. I try to watch my diet and I need to work on that more and increase the number of exercise days. It works whenever I do.

But I'm still concerned about the simvastatin. If it weren't for your program which listen to every week, I would never get first-hand information.

I had severe Myopathy on Crestor - had taken Lipitor for years. Had also been combined with a triglyceride lowering drug. I could hardly walk. Anyway, after quitting it, it took a long time to regain muscle strength in my legs and arms. This is a "rare" effect, I am told. Some people do not totally regain muscle strength.

I am a type 2 diabetic, with high cholesterol. However, I am also 73, believe that point is now moot. For the last 15 years, until last October, I had been using lipitor. During that time frame I also had to go from oral medication to insulin to control my diabetes. In Nov I took a dose of generic nyquil and the next morning my bgs were in the 50s.

I began decreasing insulin until I am using almost half of what I was using a year ago. I think by the time I took the cold medication the lipitor had washed out of my body and the cold med was a trigger for sudden bg drop. It had been slowly happening for a few weeks.

I have now lost 28 pounds, slowly and with hard work, and I do not believe I could have if I were still using lipitor. My PCP does the tests I ask for, neither one of us discusses cholesterol and I am pleased to leave it at that.

I did take, and am still taking, Q10, having read that statins deplete it. Perhaps I had some protection from extreme side effects; however, my neuropathy is worse and not reversible.

I would advise anyone thinking about statins to find other ways to lower cholesterol into high normal ranges. I would also advise small life style changes to decrease the possibility of diabetes. Treating it, since 1983, has not been easy. Prevention would have been far easier. While I am at it, avoid HRT, which raised my bgs into diabetic ranges before I was taking lipitor.

I am now totally confused----(but will discuss it with my doctors). I am a Type II diabetic for over 15 years now, and am in treatment with a cardiologist/internist, and an endocrinologist.

My Internist raised my Pravachol to 80 mg. from 40mg. recently, and as far as I can see, nothing unusual has happened.

At my last visit with my endocrinologist, my A1C was 6.5, and my cholesterol reading was 134----------and I am not fat. I am 5'-4" and weigh 133 lbs. So, I will discuss the above information with both doctors.

Does your alert go to any physicians?

I got FDA emails warning about AVANDIA and other drugs related -for diabetes- . People taking should be carefully. About statins drugs, I know they help some people, but in my opinion (and for personal experience) in some others, like me, don't help, and in some people it make it worse. I refuse to take them, like I did when the Dr. told me to take hormones, I refused and I am glad.

Several of my friends and some female family members have breast cancer. Some times the benefit is much less beneficial than the risk and danger of some drugs.

I have taken numerous statins over the past 10 to 15 years, about the same time I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic. 2 years ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and control it with diet and exercise. My A1C is dropping continually as I lose weight (currently 6.1)but my fasting bg continually rises.
The doctor kept changing statins as I refused to continue on meds that caused severe hip and knee weakness and pain. Simvastatin, Lipitor and a host of others also muddled my brain. I thought I was just getting older. Then I refused all statins until a new doc, an endocrinologist said Crestor is water soluable instead of fat soluable like the others I had taken. I've been on it for 6 months at half the lowest dose-2.5mg-and the neuropathy in my left leg has returned, the hip pain is starting up and joint pain and weakness is bothering me again too. Since I still have my wits about me, I have stopped taking Crestor and will not take statins again. I expect my fasting bg level to slowly drop again, the neuropathy to subside, and the joint pain and stiffness to go away too. If I have a heart attack and die, as the doctors continually forwarn (though I have no heart disease symptoms, diagnosis or history) then I will die happy, pain free and with my wits about me. I suspect I will outlive all the doctors as my grandmother did.

I am 73 years old and in fairly good health. Recently the doctor prescribe
Povochal 80mg to try and bring my cholesterol down... I have not had any lab work done since... but on my own I occasionally check my blood sugar just to keep taps on my overall health... If I get an AIc reading what should I look for??.

I am not heavy, I am 5`1" and weight 107... I use my treadmill daily for 45 minutes... I try to eat healthy as much as possible.

Thank you for any suggestions. Love your newsletter.


JPF

THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN PUBLISHED RECENTLY CONCERNING THIS SUBJECT.

Study Links Diabetes and Statins, Supporting Previous Research
High doses of cholesterol-lowering statins are associated with a greater than 8 percent diabetes risk over five years of use, but high-risk patients should continue to take them, a new analysis says.
Washington Drug Letter

THE RELATIONSHIP OF HIGH DOSE VS LOW DOSE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED.
IF SOME REPORTS ARE CORRECT, THE HIGHER DOSE (80 MG) OF STATINS SEEMED TO A BIGGER PROBLEM THIS LATTER POSSIBILITY SHOULD BE CAREFULLY FOLLOWED IN FUTURE REPORTS

RYR?

RYR= RED YEAST RICE

All these initials like RYR make my head swim, could my confusion be due to my steady dose of 40mg statins? Please help - either by NOT using all the initials or by by telling me to stop taking statins

Clearly statins are a benefit for people with preexisting heart problems. However, I have not yet seen any reports indicating how the benefits correlate with the dosage. Restated, what is the minimum effective dosage? If anyone has info on this I would appreciate knowing.

W/o any science to back it up, I have the "feeling" that most of the benefits could be obtained with significantly lower doses than commonly prescribed. Help please.

I would think health insurance companies would be following this closely.

I have an appointment with my cardiologist next Wednesday and will definitely bring up the question of blood sugar and Lipitor. I've never taken more than 20 mg., but since I weigh 112 lbs, that dosage may be enough to kick in diabetic effects. I've just started having some numbness in my toes and am taking a supplement that includes benfotiamine as well as gamma lipoic acid and alpha lipoic acid. I'm not convinced that neuropathy is irreversible and am willing to try to prove that it can be reversed. I've had diabetes type II for almost 30 years and have used statins starting with Mevacor in the 1980s.

What is the A1C reading supposed to be?

What are bgs?

My doc recommends an A1C between 6 and 6.4. This is a measurement of average glycosylated hemoglobin over a period of a couple of months.

I am a Type II and several years ago was prescribed Zocor at the local VA and developed about all the negative side effects of statins. My blood sugar also rose dramatically. When I attempted descriptions of the problems to the prescriber my complaints were discounted and actually derided. My solution was "heal thyself". My statin experience was one of the driving pressures that began my search for natural alternatives and also landed me on this site.

A friend of mine began a statin and developed such negative side effects that his family forced him to discontinue its use. He lost the side effects and now he and his family are into diet, exercise, vitamins, supplements and alternative approaches.

I received a phone call today from my mailorder drug company telling me that they were trying to contact my doctor to see if he wants to switch me from simvastatin to another drug due to contraindications with my other meds. I'm only taking 20MG.

Appreciate reading your articles in our local Sunday newspaper. Was glad to find your website a year or so ago. Am pleased you're sharing information about two issues very significant to me: issues associated with use of generic drugs; statins link to diabetes II. Even before I read any of your articles I've been examining some of these same issues, and others, with my conclusions not always in agreement with those of my physician. I'm convinced anecdotal accounts from others I know, and some of my own experience, confirms the importance of being aware of meds side effects, educating myself on the issues, working with my doctor, but using common sense and judgment as to what is in my best interest.

After taking Lipitor 10 mg for 9 years, I felt that it was related to loss of memory. I stopped statin, and have regained some memory, but not all. Some sources state that after age 70, lowering cholesterol with a statin is no longer necessary, and that people with cholesterol over 200 live longer than those who use statins to lower cholesterol well below 200. Several references are cited, including data from the Framingham studies.

I now take L-arginine, L-citrulline, and alpha lipoic acid, and my cholesterol is the lowest that it has been since monitoring began over 30 years ago. Age 82.

Wayneoil,

what is your formula for the supplements you mentioned.
Would you please list the amount of each you take and how often.

Thank you,

Paul

Several years ago the doctor put me on Crestor for high cholesterol. After a few months my muscles began to hurt and feel weak and my speech began to slur. My sister told me I'd better stop taking the Cretor which I did. My symptoms cleared. But now my sister who has had a hip replacement and was getting along fine, all of a sudden started having extreme pain.

She was diagnosed as border line diabetic, has high blood pressure and Neuropathy in her left leg. Now she is in extreme pain, has been to three different physicians, has had an MRI plus other tests and they don't know whats wrong. They told her if they couldn't find anything, she might never walk again. I heard the Peoples Pharmacy on this subject and have related it to her. I strongly believe the problem is the statin.

I was on statins for a number of years when 5 years ago doc said I was type 2 diabetic no one else in my family ever had diabetes nor took statins. At the start of this year the pain and weakness in my legs was so bad that doc had blood tests done which came back fine told me not to worry about it and I would soon feel better.

I immediately stopped the statins and a couple of weeks later felt so much better. When I next went for a diabetic check it was fine. I told him Ihad stopped the statins and wouldn't be taking any more. I now have read that taking statins can cause blood sugar levels to rise, and people might wrongly be diagnosed as type 2 diabetic. I have also lost some weight since I stopped the statins, I noticed that while I was taking them, my face looked a bit swollen, I'll never take another statin.

I try to eat healthily, I don't smoke I like a couple of glasses of wine at the weekend, couldn't lose weight till I stopped the statins.

I wonder how many people who have abruptly stopped their statins will be looking at atherosclerosis in the not too distant future and thence moving into the stent tent.

Barb... more than they are likely living life without nasty disabling side effects... Health professionals are all brainwashed to believe the cholesterol fallacy... I was once one of those absent minding health professionals... statins don't save lives, they make money, but do not save lives... read the studies....

I found this to be very informative as I have type 2 diabetes. I will be discussing this with my doctor as I am on a statin and I struggle with my numbers constantly and feel that I am doing a pretty good job on my part. I have felt for a long time it was some of my medicine that was causing my weight gain and my numbers being so erratic.

I keep reading these Type II diabetes vs statin letters because I started Zocor about 1994 and, as well as I can remember, my left foot started getting numb then. A year ago, my Dr. was concerned about the numbness and sent me to a neurologist. That wasted several hundred of Medicare dollars to find out I had - DUH! - neuropathy! I never have any diabetes II symptoms and stay at a good weight. I am ready to discuss this correlation with my internist who seems open to ideas. I now will ALWAYS ask a doctor if a test or treatment is out of curiosity or is looking toward relieving/curing a problem I have. (I still have to figure out a less confrontive way to ask it).

I am Type 2 diabetic but my sugar levels had been static (about 7) for over 18 months. Earlier this year I was put on Simvastatin to lower my cholestral levels ( below 5). Almost immediately I suffered from hot sweats at night and my sugar levels went over 24. I immediately contacted my doctor who took me off the Simvastatin and increased my levels of Metformin and Glicazide. Further blood tests showed a reducing sugar level so the doctor has now put me onto Pravastatin which, so far, has given me no side effects.

A form of Thiamine (Vitamin B1) is extremely helpful for many forms of neuropathy. Thiamine is a water soluble B-vitamin. Benfotiamine is thiamine that is modified to make it fat soluble.
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/07/18/vitamin-reverses-nerve-pain/

i glad this information about statins and diabetes has come out, because i had been taking simvastatin and everytime i went to get my lab work done, my A1C was always high and my doctor was always getting after me, and he never believed me that I was always suffering from body and leg cramping.

When this article came out on my next visit I made sure to take the article, my simvastatin was changed to pravastatin after my cardiologist gave me verapamil and told my doctor i could not continue taking the simvastatin and my cramping is almost gone. And my sugars are continuing to improve

Co. Q10.... helps a lot after menopause. It gives energy and helps your heart... ask you doc. if you should take it (its a co-enzyme needed by our bodies and with age it lowers the levels in our bodies, we need it.

Lipitor Paradox (Sad but true account of a typical Dr Office Visit today)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqdzJLOQM2I&sns=em

Remember Statins = atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor), simvastatin (Zocor), and
pitavastatin (Livalo). And ALL have the potential to CAUSE the same side effects...

Question. Had 5 bi pass surgery and doc wants statins to be my daily habit. Friends have diabetes after taking statins for 3 years. So far I have not taken them but blood chemistry is 116 ldl. Recommendation? Also will a steady dose of black tea, soy mile and tablespoons of honey cause ldl?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: With your history, you may well need a statin. Try the non-drug approaches, but keep in close touch with your doctor. Make sure s/he knows why you are reluctant.

The black tea should not cause any elevation in LDL, but tablespoons of honey could contribute to higher triglycerides, which might have an impact on the LDL. Can you make do with less?

My experience with statins (Pravachol 20mg/day) has been muscle degeneration & nerve damage.

It got so bad that I had to crawl out of bed & raise myself with help from a chair or table that I could grasp.

I stopped all statins about 6 months ago & am now regaining my muscle strength & regaining response in my hands (such as writing control).

I had a heart attack in 1995. I was 42 at the time. I have a stent now that is 50% blocked. I was put on Lipitor at that time. I take 20mg. Over the years things have happened. I develop diabetes, high blood pressure. I take 3 meds. for it and 2 for diabetes. for the last 6mos. I have started having a lot of muscle spasms , soreness in my calfs. Down the sides of my hips really bad in the mornings. Cramps or spasms would wake me at night. Very painful. Feel like I have to stretch my legs and when I do they will cramp up so bad.

I stopped taking the Lipitor. My last one was 6-4-12. I didn't have the pain as bad in my legs when I got up this morning. I think it is causing my problem. I am very confused about what to do. Am I signing my own death warrant by stopping it? The problems seem to have gotten worse since I have went on the generic.

@Patsy I am so sorry to hear about your medical problems. Isnt the Lipitor supposed to prevent your stent from re occluding? I would strongly recommend you consume more antioxidant rich foods, such as Spinach, Cherries, Raisins, Blue berries, Pomegranate, etc... they will work BETTER than any toxic chemical your doc want to make you take..

I have been on Simastatin for about 2 years. For the last year I have been told I had pre diabetes and put on Metformin. Last visit, they said the Metformin wasn't working and put me on another drug to help my pancreas make insulin. I took it for a day or two and then saw that diabetes can be caused by statins. This is the only explanation that makes sense. I'm thin, no family history. I did drink a hell of a lot of soda for a few decades though. That is the only thing that I think might have brought this on.

Anyway, against two doctors advices, I've quit taking the statin for a little over a week now to see if that's whats causing this depressing disease from taking me over. My cholesterol, the bad stuff was 189, that's why they put me on the statin, but now I'm trying to fix the cholesterol issue with foods and exercise.

My question: How long after stopping the statin will it take me to find out if that was the cause? I can't eat any carbs now without my blood sugar soaring. Grapes? forget about it.
Thanks for the help.

There must be millions of people who need answers to these questions (including me). I'd like to see a meta study of all the data gathered so far.

Note: Yes, the stories you received from individuals are, by definition, anecdotal, and therefore not a scientific basis for declarations or decisions.

My mom was put on Lipitor about 10 years ago. About 7 years ago she was diagnosed with type II diabetes. Last year my mother-in-law was put on Lipitor for over all cholesterol of about 190 (she's 80 yrs, old) Within a month she was told that her sugar levels were elevated and that she had to be on diabetes medication. I could not and would not believe that my mother-in-law was a diabetic!

Dolores has never been over weight, never made it a habit of indulging in fast food, never made it a habit of drinking sugar filled drinks (pop), has always eaten a varied and balanced diet, has always been active and exercised. I called my mom (Mrs. Medicine) and asked if when she took her cholesterol medicine did her blood sugar go up. I was given an emphatic yes. So we got my mother-in-law off the statin and her blood sugar normalized, (no diabetes).

Now Dolores has a new doctor and the same thing is happening all over again. I asked her why she would go on Lipitor again and she said the doctor said to her "if you were my mother, this is what I would prescribe". What am I supposed to do? She has terrible leg pain now and can hardly walk. I've noticed the leg that is in pain is turning inward and she is always sitting in a twisted way in order to relieve the pain. Not to mention any day now her new doctor is going to discover that she has elevated blood sugar. What a vicious circle.

I'm a 52yr old male with stent placed 3yrs ago. Cardiologist placed me on Lipitor right afterward along with Plavix. Last yr at work health clinic was told I'm pre-diabetic. I knew I need to loose about 50lbs but I have never had a "sweet tooth" and just don't indulge in surgary foods. Dr is always focused on my elevated LDL, lower HDL and definitely high Triglycerides which are heriditary as my dad's Dr was always fussing about his high levels. Today Dr called to say my LDL was single digits so he's lowering my Lipitor dose.

Really? I've told him of memory, muscle aches, fatigue, and obviously have completely changed my eating to mostly vegetables and now he finally wants to lower the Lipitor. Oh and wants me to now take something to lower the triglycerides which are likely from the few beers I get to enjoy. I really don't think these Dr.s will ever be satisfied, something is always not to their liking. While I can appreciate it at the same time one has to almost not eat anything enjoyable to get everything low enough, weight, blood pressure, triglycerides, LDL, sugar and the list never ends. I'm just about fed up with the whole healthcare industry. They've lost their focus and sight of what is important, a patient's quality of life. It's enough to drive one insane!

I have been on Statin Cholesterol drugs for five or six years now. Within a year or less, I started running Border Line Diabetes. I have been on Simvastatin, Rosuvastatin, and now for about four months have been on Crestor. Since I have been on Crestor, my Blood Glucose has really raised, and I have been trying to get it down and it is really hard. It has gotten up to 215 and 200 a few weeks ago, so I told my Doctor, and he just did a new Glucose test and I haven't gotten the results back yet!

I am very concerned and I think the Statin Cholesterol drugs have caused this to happen and I am going to have to do something about it soon! My Cholesterol level finally was brought down on the Crestor, but my Glucose went way up. I feel I can't win for losing as one gets better, the other gets worse?????????????? I am not very happy right now, but will have to see what the Doctor say's about all this?

After reading this had A1C climb from 5.0 to over 6.0 in less than 1 year taking statins.
No exercise, workaholic at office behind computer eating junk food.

Now Exercise at YMCA, for 6 months, minimum 3 days a week and lost weight from ~ 190 to ~165, Male 5'8"
age 61. ( Spend 2.5 to 3hours at gym. Treadmill, Exercise Bike, Circuit Training ( close to 1 hour each )

My A1C has been dropping fast, now about 5.2, Doc shut up about putting me on meds for the high A1C.

My suggestion, lose weight, exercise, change diet away from Carbs, it is hard, but I finally retired, so now I can go to gym these days, no more leg cramps, knee pains, and just started to slowing get away from atorvastatin 20mg dose.

Our society had been fixated on a pill fix from the Doctor's then I realized one day, most of the patients in
Doctor office's fell into this category, no exercise, eat carbs, weight was an issue.

Now feel better that I did than the last 5 years, hope this advice helps.

Seems so Common Sense, but the hard thing is to change one's life style. It takes time, but worth in the investment in one's health.

Thanks everyone for the info! I recently had blood work done--all my numbers are good (Chol, LDL, HDL, Trigs, and A1c. Yes, I am overweight, but as long as my important numbers are ok...). My CNP "strongly suggested" I start taking a statin (she suggested Lipitor). We talked and I kept saying that I didn't want to since all my numbers seem to be in the "good" range. She keeps suggesting, and at my next appt for physical in Sept, we will discuss again.

I don't want to! Why the push to put me on a statin? I already have to take 2 meds (oral diabetes med and a med for HBP) and don't want to start taking a bunch of meds just because it might help. Why are medical professionals so eager to prescribe meds when a person is doing fine as is? I'm happy with my numbers so why can't my medical professional be too?

@Margaret...ONLY YOU have the power to say yes or no to this bullying. Doctors are taught to treat numbers, not patients. If you do not want to take a statin, by all means, DON'T. If your doc is relentless, as most are, I suggest you find a new doctor...there are good ones out there who actually listen, and KNOW that statins offer at best a 0.34% chance at reducing a persons risk of heart attack...that means less than 1 out of 100 people taking a statin will benefit...in my book, NOT worth the live changing risks...

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