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Statin Drugs and Diabetes

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susan_harr6 years ago

A new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found an increased risk of new on-set diabetes in patients taking certain dosages of statin drugs, which are used to treat high cholesterol. Reports indicate that 1 in 4 Americans over 45 take statin drugs, making them one of the most popular classes of drugs in America.

The Study

  • Included 5 clinical trials and 32,752 patients
  • Compared intensive-dose statin therapy with moderate-dose statin therapy
  • More than 1000 participants were followed up for more than 1 year
  • Found that those taking high doses of statin drugs had a 12% higher risk of developing diabetes compared to moderate-dose users.
  • There was a 20% overall increased risk of diabetes for high-dose statin users, compared to those who did not take the drugs.

About Statins

  • HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors
  • Used to treat high cholesterol
  • Prescribed to more than 40 million Americans
  • Popular statin drugs include: Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, Vytorin, and Simcor
Other Side Effects of Statins

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Mayo Clinic, other side effects of statins may include:

  • Rash or flushing
  • Liver damage
  • Weakness
  • Nerve damage
  • Muscle damage (myopathy)
  • Rhabdomyolysis (the most serious form of myopathy which can lead to severe kidney damage, kidney failure, death)
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Thomas J. Henry are leaders in the area of product liability litigation. Our Defective Drug and Products Division has extensive knowledge and resources in order to represent our clients efficiently and aggressively. We represent a multitude of people who are battling against manufacturers of medical devices and/or defective pharmaceuticals.

Your choice does matter. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries because of any defective drugs and/or products, call Thomas J. Henry immediately. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.


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