Lipitor can cause diabetes in women

NBC Nightly News and MSNBC reported just hours ago that a new, 10-year study by the US government’s Women’s Health Initiative shows that statins (the cholesterol-lowering Rx drugs like Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor) may cause Type 2 diabetes in women over 50. Here are 2 key paragraphs from an MSNBC.com online article, Statins Linked with Small Diabetes Risk:

“A new side effect seems to be emerging for those cholesterol-lowering wonder drugs called statins: They may increase some people’s chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.”

“But more and more doctors are urging otherwise healthy people to use the pills as a way to prevent heart disease. For them, the findings add another potential complication as they consider whether to tackle their cholesterol with diet and exercise alone or add a medication.”

In the MSNBC.com video, Brian Williams states, ‘women who take Lipitor or other statin drugs for cholesterol have an approaching 50% greater chance of developing diabetes.’  That is scary indeed – suggesting, at minimum, caution for women who take Lipitor or other statins as a preventative measure.

I can't embed the video here, but I have it embedded - along with other info - on my blog. Here's a direct link to this post: Lipitor can cause diabetes in women.

This is breaking news – I’ll be doing more research and posting on the Going Lo-Co blog as I learn more, but wanted to get this out as soon as possible.  If you have questions or comments, please comment here or on the Going Lo-Co Facebook or Twitter pages.

Going Lo-Co is a blog about one woman's journey to lower cholesterol without medication via food and lifestyle changes and the crazy things that happen along the way.  Read more at www.golowcholesterol.com.

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