Lipitor Linked To Diabetes

Millions of Americans take cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins. These medications, which includes the drug Lipitor, have been linked to a high risk of diabetes. This is most frequently seen in middle-aged and older women.

A recent research study conducted by the Women's Health Initiative involving 150,000 postmenopausal women found that those taking drugs such as Lipitor were nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes. Additionally, articles published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the Journal of the American Medical Association also reported that there was a higher risk of diabetes for people taking statins.

Lipitor Complications

In January 2014, the FDA updated a warning about side effects of Lipitor, including the risk of diabetes. Other side effects include:

  • Excess weight gain
  • Increased blood sugar
  • Increased triglycerides
  • Increased blood pressure

If have taken Lipitor and been recently diagnosed with diabetes, please give us a call. We would like to have the opportunity to talk with you about your condition.