A study from Finland suggests that cholesterol-lowering statin medications may significantly increase the risk of developing type-2 diabetes. According to researchers, statins were associated with an increased risk of diabetes onset, even after results were adjusted for other factors that could have caused the increase. Statin medications such as Lipitor and other cholesterol-lowering drugs have been the subject of lawsuits as plaintiffs allege the drugs were defective and caused them to develop type 2 diabetes.
Contact Attorney Group today to learn more about your options if you or a loved one took a statin and developed type-2 diabetes or suffered other severe statin side effects. At no out-of-pocket cost to you, we can answer your questions. If you have a case, we can connect you with an affiliated statin side effect attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Statin Study Overview
According to the report, statins may impair the ability of the pancreas to secrete insulin, and they may also increase the patient’s resistance to insulin. Prior studies have suggested that statins such as Lipitor may increase a patient’s risk of type-2 diabetes, but these earlier studies were typically focused more on the drugs’ role in preventing cardiovascular disease, not on their possible relationship with type-2 diabetes. In the Finnish study, researchers tracked the effects of statins for six years on nearly 9,000 men without diabetes between the ages of 45 and 73. According to the results, the risk of diabetes increased with increased dosages taken of Lipitor (atorvastatin) and Zocor (simvastatin).
Low-dose simvastatin was associated with a 28 percent increased risk of developing diabetes, while high-dose simvastatin increased the risk 44 percent. The study also found that high-dose atorvastatin increased a patient’s diabetes risk by 37 percent.
Have Questions About A Potential Statin Side Effect Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one took a statin drug to help lower cholesterol and developed type 2 diabetes or other complications, contact Attorney Group for more information about your options. At no out-of-pocket cost to you, we can answer your questions. If you have a case, we can connect you with an affiliated statin diabetes lawsuit attorney who can file a lawsuit on your behalf and help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.