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Lipitor Side Effects and Type-II Diabetes

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Lipitor Side Effects and Type-II Diabetes in Women

While Lipitor may be touted as a miracle drug by some doctors and medical professionals, one of Lipitor’s side effects, is that it has been shown to increase some patients’ risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This adverse reaction to Lipitor generally occurs in middle-aged and older women. This form of diabetes occurs in patients whenever their body fails to properly synthesize or utilize insulin. People who are obese or eat a lot of sugary foods are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes versus people who are fit and healthy. When a person develops the disease their cells begin to fail because they cannot obtain any glucose. Insulin is an essential hormone in the body that transports blood glucose into the cells for energy. Without insulin, blood glucose cannot be transported across cellular membranes and patients endure extreme changes in blood glucose levels.

One of Lipitor side effects is that it has been shown in clinical trials to increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in middle aged and older women. Medical experts say that clinical evidence from over 154,000 women reports that women who take Lipitor or other statin drugs are 50% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who did not take statin drugs. The exact mechanism for why middle aged and older women develop the disease due to statin drugs is unknown. However, experts have also stated that the benefits of statin drugs, including Lipitor, greatly outweigh the Lipitor side effect risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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