Statins were once considered the holy grail of medications, lowering cholesterol levels and promising protection against heart attacks, strokes and premature death. But decades later, with millions of user side effect reports filed away, the ugly truth comes out – statins can make you resist exercise, gain weight, increase your blood sugar levels, and raise your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
Statins, including the widely prescribed Lipitor, are one of the most prescribed drugs in the world. New guidelines offered by the American Heart Association and other organizations are recommending wider use of the drugs, which means even millions more people could be taking them soon. But patients should seriously weigh the risks of the drugs before taking them.
Statins have already been linked to serious and even life threatening muscle injury and liver damage. The aches and pains the drugs cause leave many patients opting to take their chances without them. Newer studies are now telling us that stains can drive up blood sugar levels and cause type 2 diabetes – a chronic condition that can lead to more serious health consequences including heart disease, kidney disease, some cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, blindness and amputations from neuropathy.
What is even more shocking is that those who take statins who are at greatest risk of developing type 2 diabetes – a disease linked to unhealthy diets and obesity – are postmenopausal women who are not considered overweight.
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Pfizer, maker of Lipitor, alleging the company knew its drug could cause patients to develop type 2 diabetes but failed to adequately warn patients of this risk.
Attorneys with Beasley Allen Law Firm are currently investigating cases of diabetes in people who have used Lipitor.