Use of the cholesterol lowering drugs Lipitor, Zocor or Crestor may increase the risk of a woman's chances of developing Type-2 diabetes. Lipitor, Zocor and Crestor are known as statins.
According to the FDA, these cholesterol-lowing drugs are intended to help lower a person’s “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol). The products include: Lipitor (atorvastatin), Lescol (fluvastatin), Mevacor (lovastatin), Altoprev (lovastatin extended-release), Livalo (pitavastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin), Crestor (rosuvastatin), and Zocor (simvastatin). Combination products include: Advicor (lovastatin/niacin extended-release), Simcor (simvastatin/niacin extended-release), and Vytorin (simvastatin/ezetimibe).
A new study linked high potency statins to diabetes. High potency statins are defined as 10 milligrams or more of rosuvastatin (sold under the brand name Crestor), 20 mg or more of atorvastatin (sold under the brand name Lipitor) and 40 mg or more of simvastatin (sold under the brand name Zocor).
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a warning label change for these drugs, to include a risk of type 2 diabetes. The FDA cholesterol-lowing drug label changes warn of an increase in blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) with statin use. The FDA is also aware of studies showing patients being treated with statins may have an increased risk of increased blood sugar levels and of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The labels will now warn healthcare professionals and patients of this potential risk.
According to the FDA, diabetes occurs because of defects in the body’s ability to produce or use insulin—a hormone needed to convert food into energy. If the pancreas doesn't make enough insulin or if cells do not respond appropriately to insulin, blood sugar levels in the blood get too high, which can lead to serious health problems.
An increased risk of raised blood sugar levels and the development of Type 2 diabetes have been reported with the use of statins.
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