Side effects of Lipitor now include type 2 diabetes

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diabetic-young-man(NaturalHealth365) Statin use is at an all-time high in the United States, as doctors continue to prescribe these medications in an effort to prevent heart disease.  But, are you fully aware of the side effects of Lipitor and other statin drugs?

According to guidelines released by The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association (AHA) in 2014, nearly half of the American population ages 40 to 75 and virtually all males over age 60 should be prescribed cholesterol lowering drugs. Unfortunately, many patients blindly accept the recommendations of the AHA and their doctors, filling prescriptions for statin medications without examining their side effects.

One of the most commonly prescribed cholesterol lowering drugs – Lipitor – has come under fire for its potential risks. The drug is supposed to work by blocking an enzyme in the liver to help reduce cholesterol production. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this medication has a history of inducing higher blood sugar in some individuals. Bottom line, over time, statin drugs can greatly increase the risk of type-2 diabetes.

Read carefully: The side effects of Lipitor can be life-threatening

The side effects of Lipitor and other cholesterol lowering drugs are too many to name, especially considering some complications of these drugs may go unreported, undiagnosed or even purposefully left off of warning labels. After all, it was not until 2012 that taking Lipitor became one of the risk factors for diabetes, despite countless patients and many studies suggesting the drug could raise blood sugar and cause type-2 diabetes. But, be warned, some of the other side effects of Lipitor include abdominal pain, digestive health issues, joint pain, memory loss and liver problems.

In addition to these side effects, Lipitor is known to deplete the body of CoQ10, a naturally occurring enzyme in the body. CoQ10 is essential for cellular health and has been shown to play an important role in heart health. People with diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other serious illness tend to have lower levels of CoQ10 than other people. Cholesterol-lowering drugs drain the body of CoQ10, enhancing the side effects of the drugs and actually making the heart less resistant to disease.

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What are the legal repercussions for Pfizer?

Though taking Lipitor was named one of the risk factors for diabetes in 2012, that warning came too late for many people who developed the disease in the years since the drug was approved in 1996. Today, multiple lawsuits are pending against the drug maker for hiding the dangers of Lipitor for so long. However, it is just one example in a growing trend of lawsuits against drug manufacturers who have engaged in fraudulent research and falsely marketed their drugs as ‘safe’.

The FDA’s answer to Lipitor’s dangerous side effects is a warning label, while most doctors are satisfied to simply monitor a patient’s blood sugar over time. Dare I ask – isn’t this playing with fire?

Diabetes is a serious disease that can drastically reduce a person’s quality of life and lead to serious complications, such as blindness and loss of limbs. Instead of accepting your doctor’s one-size-fits-all statin drug prescription, do your own research and consider finding a natural solution to your health problems.

Protect your health by learning more about the myths associated with cholesterol and statins in this article, “Cardiologist speaks truth about cholesterol and statins” by Thomas Levy, M.D., JD



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  • SibyllasStuff

    I saw an Australian program called Catalyst which had an informative program about statins. I heard they had some problem with airing the second part where more of the truth about the bad effects of statins, the push by PHrma to sell more of them, and the ignorance around the issue of prescribing statins by doctors to patients who would ultimately NOT get any benefit they thought they were getting. Is that program available or has it been scrubbed from the Internet?

    • This looks like what you’re asking about: http://healthimpactnews. com/2013/abc-australia-exposes-cholesterol-lowering-statin-drug-scam-and-pharmaceutical-criminal-activity/

  • anna miller

    I lowered my cholesterol level to within normal range, by taking 2 capsules of red yeast rice daily. My doctor was shocked.

    • elfmom55

      I took the red yeast rice and Dr. said it won’t lower mine. If those tests can be trusted he was right. I then started back on DE. Approx. 2 heaping Tbls. per day. I did get the statins but have not taken them. I printed stuff for Dr. to read but doubt he will. He said he has been taking statins for 16 yrs. He seems healthy and of a sound mind, at least outwardly.

      • anna miller

        -different results for different people. All I know is the red yeast rice works for me. Beware of the advice given by many doctors. They have been seduced by the huge pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Richard Horton, the current editor-in-chief of the Lancet – considered to be one of the most well respected peer-reviewed medical journals in the world.
        Dr. Horton recently published a statement declaring that a lot of published research is in fact unreliable at best, if not completely false.
        “The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.” (source)
        This is quite disturbing, given the fact that all of these studies (which are industry sponsored) are used to develop drugs/vaccines to supposedly help people, train medical staff, educate medical students and more.

        and then there was this announcement…
        Dr. Marcia Angell, a physician and longtime Editor in Chief of the New England Medical Journal (NEMJ), which is considered to be another of of the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, makes her view of the subject quite plain:
        “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine” (source)

    • Statins did not agree with me and I stopped taking them. Later I started eating red bell peppers after I was told a large red bell pepper had the same effect as one of my statin pills. I also stopped eating the pizza my daughter occasionally brought home. My doctor was surprised how much my cholesterol dropped.

  • Trudy

    My husband is on statins, a low dose but still statins. His blood sugar is marginal towards type 2 diabetes. As his wife, I am trying so hard to keep it stable through diet and exercise, eating organic, avoiding GMO’s, using non-toxic ingredients to clean our clothes and house. For what, just to keep it right on the cusp. I wish he would stop taking the statins but he calls taking them insurance. Ha, it’s poisoning his body. Will continue to support our healthy lifestyle and be satisfied with that for now.He’s at least on a low dose then before so that’s good.

  • Nicky Douglas

    I know someone who took this drug and couldn’t exercise anymore, because of muscle weakness. There seems to be quite a few side effects associated with Lipitor.