Lipitor and Type 2 Diabetes
The blockbuster cholesterol-lowering medication Lipitor®, made by Pfizer, has been prescribed to millions of patients. However, this statin does not come without risks. One of the biggest concerns associated with Lipitor and other statin medications such as Crestor and Zocor is the development of Type 2 diabetes in certain women.
In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert, warning the public about the increased risk for developing Type 2 diabetes in women taking statin medications. The news first came out in 2008 during a Crestor study, but findings from a 2010 British study were even more convincing that there may be a connection between statin medications and diabetes.
The study, which was published in the British medical journal, the Lancet, showed that statins can increase the risk for diabetes by 9 percent. When the FDA issued the safety alert about the risk for diabetes, it also warned of the possibility that statins could cause memory loss and confusion for some patients.
Signs and Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes
If you are taking Lipitor and experience any of the following signs or symptoms of Type 2 diabetes, you should seek medical attention right away:
- Frequent urination: when your body doesn't make enough insulin, glucose can build up in your bloodstream and come out in your urine.
- Extreme thirst: if you are urinating a lot, you may also be extremely thirsty and drinking more than usual.
- Blurry vision: glucose can build up in the lens of your eyes if you have high blood sugar levels, causing your vision to be blurry and making it difficult to focus.
- Unusual weight loss: some people with Type 2 diabetes experience weight loss because the body can no longer make insulin. When this happens, the body can no longer use or store glucose (sugar) from food. Fat starts to break down, causing the person to lose weight.
- A dark ring around your neck: when the body produces too much insulin, receptors in the skin folds may respond by creating more pigment.
- Frequent yeast infections: a buildup of glucose can cause an overgrowth of yeast. Symptoms of yeast infections include vaginal itching and thick white discharge.
Increased risk factors for the development of Type 2 diabetes include being overweight and being older than 45. Women who are more than 10 pounds overweight are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.
Complications of Diabetes
In the beginning stages, diabetes may be easy to ignore. But, diabetes can cause severe complications and can affect many of the body's major organs, including the heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys. It is important to control blood sugar levels to prevent such complications.
The following are some of the long-term complications that are associated with diabetes:
- Heart and blood vessel disease
- Nerve damage (neuropathy)
- Kidney damage
- Eye damage
- Foot damage
- Skin and mouth conditions
- Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia
Compensation May Be Available for Lipitor Diabetes
If you are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and have a history of taking Lipitor or another statin, you should contact an attorney to find out if you qualify for financial compensation for your damages. Our Lipitor lawyers are available to investigate potential lawsuits on behalf of women across the country.
To find out if and how we can help you, please contact us today. We will review your medical history and will let you know if you qualify for a claim.