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2011 – Lipitor, other statins linked to increased risk for diabetes

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Published in a 2011 edition of Atherosclerosis, a study titled “Differential metabolic effects of distinct statins.” by K.K. Koh et al. aimed to determine how statin drugs affect the body.  Statins are a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs including Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor, and others.

These researchers write “Reciprocal relationships between endothelial dysfunction and insulin resistance suggest that therapies improving endothelial dysfunction will simultaneously improve insulin sensitivity and other metabolic parameters. However, previous studies with some statins either did not alter insulin sensitivity or promoted insulin resistance despite significant improvements in endothelial dysfunction and decreases in circulating pro-inflammatory markers,” essentially implying that the scientific community had not clarified whether or not Lipitor and other statins raised the risk for diabetes.  Now, a number of studies link statin use to increased risk for diabetes, particularly in women.

This article continues, stating that “Clinical studies including large scale randomized controlled trials demonstrate potential differences between individual statins, with pravastatin promoting risk reduction for new onset of diabetes. Conversely, other statins including atorvastatin, rosuvastatin, and simvastatin all promote significant increase in this risk.”  This means that Pravachol has been found to decrease the risk for diabetes, while Lipitor, Crestor, and Zocor have been found to increase the risk for diabetes.

While the mechanism by which these drugs increase diabetes risk is as yet unclear, the risk is no less clear, and manufacturers of these drugs ought to warn users.  Because manufacturers have failed to do so, a number of statin-diabetes lawsuits have been filed, particularly Lipitor-diabetes lawsuits.  If you or a loved one used Lipitor or another statin and suffered diabetes, 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.  Call today and see how we can help.

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