Once diagnosed diabetic it is very common to automatically prescribe Cholesterol and blood pressure meds. The idea being that it’s best to take precautions and treat anything that could be a risk factor.
Unfortunately cholesterol meds have been implicated in actually causing diabetes and increased risk of other health issues. Drs will still prescribe because it’s standard protocol and puts them at least risk of liability.
My Dr flat out told me that as long as a chart said diabetic that the insurance companies pressure to prescribe statins and BP meds.
You can refuse them. I did.
I just had this discussion with my dr the other day. I refuse to take statins especially when my cholesterol is good thanks to genetics.
Ugh. That's common now. Not necessary and possibly harmful IMO
Because diabetics are expected to have heart problems and cholesterol is supposed to be a risk factor as well, doctors jump on the statin bandwagon. Research has shown that statins don’t reduce heart attacks and strokes, and cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease. And following a LCHF way of eating corrects all the real risk factors anyway. My doc still does not understand why I refused statins, but I’m not willing to risk all those side effect for no good reason, especially the one that puts your blood sugar up.
The prescription of a statin and blood pressure medication are both out dated protocols for Diabetes. My doctor even admitted that the clinic she works for requires all doctors to prescribe them as a CYA. I refused to take a stain when my cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL were astronomical. After six months my entire Lipid panel was normal.
Lipitor caused depression for my husband and he didn't even need them
Yes. I think so. my cardiologist and my primary doctor says with diabetes they like to see the patient cholesterol lower because with diabetes it can lead to other complication .
Statins caused my husband more health issues it really affected his muscles
My dad too. He’s not even diabetic. His fasting was up, however, after statins. He quit because his muscles and joints are taking such a hit from them. Plus, his cholesterol is well without normal
I got put on look for but quit taking it as it was making me sick
Yes, I tried a new Dr, who automatically wanted me to take Look for even before he had my lab results. Told me it was a standard thing, and an ADA recommendation. Sounds like your Dr. holds to the same theory.
I had a dr. appointment today. My A1C is down to 6.1. My doctor pushes statins on me every visit. She is very nice about it and leave the decision to me. Today she told me that they automatically put diabetics on a statin because we are more prone to problems with cardiovascular disease even if our cholesterol is in the normal range. Again, I refused a statin. I need to compare my numbers for the last year, but I believe my cholesterol has improved. She is very pleased with my A1c.
ivelisse, how did you lower your lipid panels? I see my PCP this week, I'm sure she will try to push statins because my cholorestrol keeps increasing after 1 yr on WOE.
My dr even though I have high cholesterol didn't want me on statins as I already have fibromyalgia which causes whole body aches and I'm weak most of the time, as a Mother 3 young children I'm already struggling with diabetes, fibromyalgia and multiple other health issues, I'm just sticking to WOE and hoping things correct themselves
The first thing my Dr said to me after confirming I had diabetes was 'we'll get you on statins'. I said no thanks and constantly refuse them.
Thank you all for your input. I read that statins can increase glucose. I also have read of a slight connection with ALS. Sounds like a risky drug.
The other day my pharmacist approached me and asked if I would like her to start the process for getting high cholesterol meds. I was appalled that someone with zero knowledge about me, my labs, my past medical history, or my current medical plan would and or could do this.
What the heck, that is unbelievable. I think I wld have been like, WHAT?
I wasn't impressed, will most likely file a complaint with the company, and switch pharmacies. She was pushy even after I said no, if I had wanted her advice or opinion I would have asked!
My doctor has never pushed statins. I refuse to take them as my sister was on one and she couldn’t get out of
Myung, curious - which was she on?
I can’t remember. Cholesterol runs high on my grandmas side and that doesn’t help. My other sister who is an RN won’t touch them either.
Myung often the reason something "runs" in families is often due to the "norm" diet for that family over generations and simply altering the diet can fix that. Crazy something so simple is so life altering to not only 1 family but also may be to generations proceeding.
This is true Natalie. They were from Denmark
That doesn’t help that I love
I would call your state pharmacy board and report this. S/He is practicing medicine without a license. Totally illegal.
I was told that these meds were to prevent complications of diabetes . I felt sick all the time . Scoured the internet and learned that it was not good practise .SADLY Some of those drugs are actually worse than good .
I was told by my first PCP that *all* diabetics, even those within the "normal" levels should be on statins. This was three months after I was diagnosed, which raised more questions in my mind. I found a new PCP and 50% of that decision was due to this advice. I have high cholesterol but want to approach with diet/exercise. My New PCP said I could eat virtually nothing and still have high cholesterol. Somehow that doesn't make sense to me either.
linh 12 months ago my cholesterol was 777, triglycerides 4,088, LDL too high to measure. I was eating a 100% plant based diet with plenty of " healthy carbs" and sugar. After just nine months of eating a strict LCHF/Keto diet and daily exercise my entire Lipid panel was all within normal range. I refused to take a statin.
I’m in a study with biweekly injections of Praluent. My high # are down.
Statins made me feel horrible
Get the Lipid panel . some docs seem to think everyone needs to be on statins.
The trouble is - statins can compound some of the ill effects of diabetes. Statins can even make diabetes harder to manage.
My doctor put me on lipitor even though my cholesterol was 14 points to the good.