Lipitor and Blood Sugar Levels: Does Lipitor Raise or Lower Blood Sugar?
Written by Stephen Fields on October 7, 2013
In February of 2012, the FDA responded to reports of statins like Lipitor raising blood sugar by requiring statin manufacturers to change their label. Lipitor’s safety information now states the following: “Tell your doctor if you have diabetes. Elevated blood sugar levels have been reported with statins, including LIPITOR.”
Evidence that Lipitor and blood sugar are somehow linked has been growing for some time; both anecdotal reports from Lipitor users and published research have indicated a potential link between Lipitor and high blood sugar.
Our bodies derive most of their energy from a naturally occurring sugars, or carbohydrates. During digestion, the carbohydrates molecules we eat are broken down into smaller glucose molecules, which can be absorbed by the small intestine and sent throughout the body in the bloodstream. In our cells, glucose is broken down to make ATP, a molecule that powers most of our body functions.
Although having some glucose is very important for our bodies, having too much or too little can create problems. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, occurs when there is not enough glucose in the bloodstream. Doctors usually diagnose low blood sugar in individuals who have blood glucose levels below 54 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter). Low blood sugar has a number of symptoms including shakiness, anxiety, impaired judgment, fatigue, slurred speech, and confusion.
Of greater concern to Lipitor users is hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar. Hyperglycemia occurs when too much glucose circulates in the blood. People who have high blood sugar for an extended period of time risk complications like kidney damage, cardiovascular damage, loss of eyesight, and nerve damage or neuropathy. For this reason, the fact that Lipitor could raise blood sugar in women should be of concern.
Women who take Lipitor may also be concerned about diabetes, particularly in light of recent research that indicated a potential link between Lipitor and diabetes. In healthy people, the hormone insulin regulates blood sugar by signaling the liver and muscles to remove excess glucose from the blood stream. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to effectively manage blood sugar, and liver and muscle cells don’t respond to the insulin that is produced in the way that they should.
If you feel you developed diabetes as the result of Lipitor blood sugar problems, we can help. Our law firm is dedicated to seeking settlements for women who have been affected by this drug.
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