It has come to my attention that a couple of recent studies have suggested there’s a “relationship” between the use of statin medication (used to control high cholesterol) and Type II Diabetes.
Have I mentioned that I am bordering on Type-II Diabetes?
I test my blood sugar on a daily basis. This morning’s fasting blood glucose level was 126. Diabetic is 125. I refuse to believe I’m there yet though, so I’m still calling it “borderline.” I’m highly insulin resistant, and I have most of the symptoms associated with metabolic syndrome.
I blame the government and their goddamn low-fat, high-carb dietary recommendations that I followed for many many years, trying desperately to be thin. I would eat pasta by the bowlful, with nothing but a little salsa on it, or sprinkled with Lipton Onion Soup Mix…anything to add a little flavor without adding fat. I couldn’t understand why I would work out hard, eat almost no fat, and not lose weight. If this was all just a matter of the USDA being woefully misinformed, I’d call them incompetent but not necessarily malicious. I know damn well, though, that science has shown the current USDA recommended diet is not only ineffective for weight loss, but it is unhealthy.
I plan to use this blog to collect my thoughts on this subject. If anyone would like to follow along, that’s just fine of course…but I’m doing this so I can collect my own research. I don’t know where this is all going yet, but I suspect this is going to be a big part of my life.
But back to Lipitor. I was prescribed Lipitor about a year and a half ago. My total cholesterol has dropped significantly since then. Great! Well, unless of course that means nothing.
I suspect, from my initial research so far, that total cholesterol is a terrible indicator of health and ridiculous as a predictor for heart disease. And now I find out that statins such as Lipitor may actually be screwing up my blood sugar and contributing to my insulin resistance, and thus my inability to lose weight.
So I’m considering quitting Lipitor. I’ll discuss the research in a future post.
For Further Study:
Statin Use and Risk of Diabetes Mellitus in Postmenopausal Women in the Women’s Health Initiative http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/archinternmed.2011.625
Risk of Incident Diabetes With Intensive-Dose Compared With Moderate-Dose Statin Therapy: A Meta-analysis David Preiss et al. JAMA. 2011;305(24):2556-2564. doi: 10.1001/jama.2011.860
Statins and Altered Glucose Metabolism A Laboratory Curiosity or a New Disease? J.L. Mehta doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2010.03.062 J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2010;56;680 http://content.onlinejacc.org/cgi/content/full/56/8/680
Atorvastatin causes insulin resistance and increases ambient glycemia in hypercholesterolemic patients Koh KK, Quon MJ, Han SH, Lee Y, Kim SJ, Shin EK. J Am Coll Cardiol 2010;55:1209-1216.[Abstract/Free Full Text]
Effect of statins on fasting plasma glucose in diabetic and nondiabetic patients Sukhija R, Prayaga S, Marashdeh M, et al. J Investig Med 2009;57:495-499.[Web of Science][Medline]
Statins and risk of incident diabetes: a collaborative meta-analysis of randomised statin trials Sattar N, Preiss D, Murray HM, et al. Lancet 2010;375:735-742.[CrossRef][Web of Science][Medline]