Is it common to be prescribed Lipitor when your labs are within normal limits? My husband was started on Levemir in September. He began a low carb diet and his meter readings are 95-115. The dr seems happy with all his results but wants to add Lipitor because of the Type 2 diagnosis.

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Donald_Felton58
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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.

Blackmonmerry
Answered 9 months ago    reply

You can refuse them. I did.

shocked.sousaphone73
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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.


gemma.h
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Ugh. That's common now. Not necessary and possibly harmful IMO


margery_wingert61
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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.


slovenly.Goforth
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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.


shizuko.villareal
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Lipitor caused depression for my husband and he didn't even need them


h_strawn90
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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 .


abernadine
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Statins caused my husband more health issues it really affected his muscles

abandoned_menorah73
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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


Shawana_Plumley97
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I got put on look for but quit taking it as it was making me sick


dannyfreese55
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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.


ivelisse.c
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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.

Adorno.Lacie32
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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.


Catesstupendous
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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


blueeyedcapitalist92
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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.


stithworrisome
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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.


alluring_whiting85
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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.

n.fender
Answered 9 months ago    reply

What the heck, that is unbelievable. I think I wld have been like, WHAT?

alluring_whiting85
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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!

n.fender
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Exactly!

myung.sisk
Answered 9 months ago    reply

My doctor has never pushed statins. I refuse to take them as my sister was on one and she couldn’t get out of

scornful.beginner70
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Myung, curious - which was she on?

myung.sisk
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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.

n.fender
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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.

myung.sisk
Answered 9 months ago    reply

This is true Natalie. They were from Denmark

myung.sisk
Answered 9 months ago    reply

That doesn’t help that I love

Z.Charita74
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I would call your state pharmacy board and report this. S/He is practicing medicine without a license. Totally illegal.


cooingappraiser
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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 .


scornful.beginner70
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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.

slovenly.Goforth
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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.


scared.oil98
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I’m in a study with biweekly injections of Praluent. My high # are down.

scared.oil98
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Statins made me feel horrible


downey_72
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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.


grandioseMedeiros
Answered 9 months ago    reply

My doctor put me on lipitor even though my cholesterol was 14 points to the good.


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