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2013 – Lipitor raises risk for diabetes 15%

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A 2013 article titled “Meta-analysis of impact of different types and doses of statins on new-onset diabetes mellitus.” published in The American Journal of Cardiology aimed to clarify the relationship between statin drug use and new onset diabetes by analyzing a number of previously conducted studies.  Statin drugs are cholesterol-lowering medications including Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor, and a number of others.

This team, led by EP Navarese, states “Recent reports indicate that statins are associated with an increased risk for new-onset diabetes mellitus (DM) compared with placebo and that this relation is dose dependent. The aim of this study was to perform a comprehensive network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) investigating the impact of different types and doses of statins on new-onset DM.”

Reviewing a total of 17 randomized controlled trials including 113,394 patients revealed that “pravastatin 40 mg/day was associated with the lowest risk for new-onset DM compared with placebo (odds ratio 1.07, 95% credible interval 0.86 to 1.30)” and “Conversely, rosuvastatin 20 mg/day was numerically associated with 25% increased risk for DM compared with placebo (odds ratio 1.25, 95% credible interval 0.82 to 1.90). The impact on DM appeared to be intermediate with atorvastatin 80 mg/day compared with placebo (odds ratio 1.15, 95% credible interval 0.90 to 1.50).”

For clarity, atorvastatin is the active chemical in Lipitor, and these results indicate that Lipitor use raises the risk for diabetes by 15%.

Due to the fact that the manufacturers of Lipitor and other statin drugs have failed time and again to adequately warn users of the risk for diabetes, a number of Lipitor diabetes 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 a free, no-obligation case consultation, contact our team of Lipitor lawyers at the information provided below.  We have the experience, resources, and skills required to win the justice you deserve.

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Our Lipitor Lawsuit Information page is a great place to start if you have any questions about Lipitor.