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Statins are a class of pharmaceuticals which are marketed as a way to control LDL cholesterol. One of the biggest name-brand statins on the market is Lipitor, which is manufactured by Pfizer and generates more than $12 billion in annual sales. Over 30 million Americans currently take statins.
Lipitor has been linked to increased risks of hyperglycemia and type 2 diabetes, as well as other side effects like kidney disease, muscle and joint pain, and liver damage. A recent study that examined the medical records of over two million patients found that patients on high doses of statins, including Lipitor, had an elevated risk of kidney disease. Another study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that the risk of type 2 diabetes was elevated by as much as 47% among women aged 50 to 79 who were taking Lipitor or similar drugs.
Lipitor was marketed so aggressively that it was prescribed to thousands of patients who have now developed side effects like type 2 diabetes, when they possibly could have controlled their cholesterol through natural means. The manufacturer did not adequately warn of the very serious risks associated with Lipitor, and now tens of thousands of Lipitor patients may be suffering from type 2 diabetes . If you are considering taking statins to control cholesterol, do some research first into non-pharmaceutical options for reducing cholesterol. If you or a loved one have been taking Lipitor and have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter can help. Call our office today.