People taking cholesterol-lowering statins such as Lipitor may be at greater risk for developing diabetes, according to a 2015 published study. Researchers found that using statin drugs like Lipitor, increased your risk of getting diabetes by 46 percent. Statins are among the most potent medicines developed for heart disease, the leading cause of death worldwide. They prevent the disease from developing in healthy people and avert heart attacks and death in those who are already diagnosed, including diabetics, who are particularly vulnerable, Florida Lipitor lawyers note.
If you or a loved one took Lipitor and suffered complications, contact the American Injury Attorney Group for more information. We offer free, no-obligation consultations and can inform you of your options. If you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated Lipitor lawsuit attorney.
Six Year Study Reveals Lipitor Reduces Insulin Production
The study, which followed over 8,700 men for more than six years, suggests that the use of Lipitor and other statins to prevent heart disease may be associated with an elevated risk of diabetes. According to Bloomberg.com, the study found that patients who took more statins were more likely to develop the chronic disease. Overall, people who used any quantity of Lipitor or other statins were 46 percent more likely to develop diabetes.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has previously noted the ability of Lipitor to elevate blood sugar levels, which could make patients more likely to develop diabetes. The study also found that Lipitor reduces insulin production and decreases sensitivity to insulin. Both of these effects may leave users in greater danger of developing diabetes.
For some individuals, the cardiovascular health benefits attributed to Lipitor and other statins may offset these potential complications. Additionally, as one of the study’s researchers notes, patients may be able to mitigate their risk of developing diabetes by taking lower doses of statins.
Injured Patients May Be Entitled to Compensation
Drug manufacturers have a duty to ensure their products are accompanied by full and accurate instructions and warnings to guide prescribing doctors and other health care providers in making treatment decisions. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
Patients who are injured by Lipitor may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of income or ability to work
If a patient dies from complications after taking Lipitor, his or her family members may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
Affected families are encouraged to speak with a Florida Lipitor attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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If you or a loved one took Lipitor and developed type 2 diabetes, contact Attorney Group for Florida for more information. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at [email protected].
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