Statins and Diabetes: We should all talk!

HeartHawk
By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2011-07-26 07:16:16 -0500
Started 2011-04-10 23:30:01 -0500

A new analysis of the risk of developing diabetes if you take a statin to lower cholesterol shows there is a link. I posted a the most recent data in an article found here:

http://www.heartconnect.com/news-articles/155

Most of us are aware that there is a strong link between diabetes and heart disease. The risk of devloping diabetes while taking a statin is real but thankfully small.

What are your concerns, your experience, and your questions? You've got questions … we might have the answers!

HH


13 replies

Te Ja
Te Ja 2011-07-21 14:55:39 -0500 Report

I have been on Lipitor for several years now as a precaution I do not have high cholesterol. In May I was diagnosis with diabetes. I must also say many of my family members are diabetics.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-07-23 00:00:43 -0500 Report

Te Ja,

If you have a family history then your cause is likely genetic. The strongest non-drug tool for diabetes is diet and exercise. That means low-carb and 30 minutes a day five times a week.

HH

Te Ja
Te Ja 2011-07-25 08:58:26 -0500 Report

At my last drs. visit he said if I continued with my good BS #'s at the end of August he will take me off several of my meds. BS have been really good 90-105, lost 42lbs, BP is getting there.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-07-25 23:48:47 -0500 Report

Te Ja,

EXCELLENT results! Keep it up and you may well be able to cease at least some of the meds - always a good thing!

HH

LennyDenny
LennyDenny 2011-07-22 09:57:49 -0500 Report

When I had my heart attack 8 years ago my colesterol was fine but the drs. put me on lipitor anyway. Three years later I was diagnosised with diabetes. I also have diabetes running in the family so what are the chances.
Denny

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-07-23 00:04:26 -0500 Report

Lenny,

Hmmm, I get suspicious when I here of all these reports of people being put on a statin when their cholesterol is within limits. Keep in mind that if you have diagnosed heart disease your LDL should be under 100 with some docs (like mine) shooting fo ran LDL of 60md/dL.

More to the point, yes, risk factors are additive. A family history plus a statin can increase the risk.

HH

BandonBob
BandonBob 2011-05-25 09:25:31 -0500 Report

Ironically after I developed diabetes my cholesterol was fine. Then the government came out that instead of being below 200 which mine was it should be below 150. My doctor told me I wouldn't be able to get there on my own having diabetes so he started me on a statin. So far, 20+ years later there have been no problems and cholesterol is 135

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-07-23 00:06:25 -0500 Report

Bob,

It is also important to bear in mind that we are all a little different. Looks like 135 works just fine for you!

HH

tankmom
tankmom 2011-04-14 20:17:16 -0500 Report

Thank you HH. This gives me som more knowledge in case my doctor tries to put me on a statin drug again.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-04-15 23:18:38 -0500 Report

tank,

The key is to remember we all respond differently. We have to wiegh all the data. the risks and benefits, and make careful decisions. But, first you have to HAVE the data!

HH