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2012 – Diabetes risk “significantly higher in statin users”

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In 2012, a report published by KL Wang et al. in Journal of the American College of Cardiology titled “Statins, risk of diabetes, and implications on outcomes in the general population.” aimed to further clarify the relationship between statin drugs and new onset diabetes.  Statins are a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs including Lipitor, Crestor, and many others.  To-date, a number of studies have linked this class of medication with a dramatically increased risk for diabetes, particularly in women.

The team writes “Cardiovascular events as consequences of atherosclerosis and diabetes are reduced by statins. However, statins are associated with excessive risk of diabetes occurrence according to clinical trial analyses.”

Using data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance databases, Wang et al. (2012) identified subjects who used statin drugs for more than 30 days between 2000 and 2003, including only men older than 45 and women older than 55.  The team compared the rate at which these patients developed diabetes with four times as many people who had not used statins, matching them for “age, sex, atherosclerotic comorbidities, and year of their entry.”

Results showed that “Over a median of 7.2 years, annual rates of diabetes were significantly higher in statin users,” while the risks for heart attack and other adverse cardiac events in statin users were lower.

Due to the fact that the manufacturers of Lipitor and other statin drugs have failed time and again to warn users of the increased risk for diabetes associated with their products, a number of Lipitor lawsuits have been filed.  If you or a loved one used Lipitor and suffered diabetes as a result, you too may be entitled to significant financial compensation for your injuries.  For a free, no-obligation case consultation, contact our team of Lipitor lawyers at the information provided below.  We have the compassion, resources, and experience required to win the justice you deserve.  Call today and see how we can help.

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