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Statin Drugs and Diabetes

Because of the close correlation between diabetes and risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia, you really want to be focusing on keeping your blood sugar under control. A new study has found that exposure to statins may put you at greater risk for diabetes, thereby increasing your chances of experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s.

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  • CaroleSpy

    I never did like the idea of taking statin drugs for cholesterol. No matter which statin drug I tried, they all gave me pains in my joints and made me feel loopy. And I never believed that lowering cholesterol levels was as important as lowering inflammation levels in the body. So now I find out that taking statins makes us more likely to become diabetic, which can lead to getting Alzheimers!

  • trish

    Once off the drug what amount of time might it take to reverse the effects? I stopped a statin in April against my cardiaologists advice. My chloesterol is 130. With a drastic change in diet I have been able to cut my metformin by more than half. I choose to continue this plan. I am 65.

    • Joan

      Trish, I would be interested in your drastic change in diet. What is your plan, if you don’t mind sharing.

    • Dr. Lembeck

      I hope that someone told you that 130 is way to low…

    • VicLmech

      130 is low, why was your cardiologist against you dropping the statin? And I do not believe there is any research which shows any increase in mortality with women who take statins… which is just another reason to ask why do the doctors insist?

  • Mary Jane

    My neurologist told me, when he took my blood work for an epilepsy drug, my cholesterol was high so he advised taking a statin drug which I took for two years and took myself off of them. I Am so glad I did. I am 69 now and dread getting altz. Since I took them for two years, am I at high risk?

  • Debby Pardue

    What about using red yeast rice?

    • David Perlmutter

      I am hesitant to want to reduce cholesterol, even naturally.

  • Carolyn Vanzlow-Edgar

    I do drug free pain control. When statins came out, I figured out early on they created musculoskeletal pain. This was long before they started taking responsibility for this reaction. Statins are cancer causing, reduce libido if cholesterol is lowered below the individual genetic predisposition. You can change the elevated cholesterol through diet and exercise.

  • Pourquoi Waschek

    What about taking statin drugs when you have diabetes already? My friend’s doctor says that diabetes predisposes her to heart disease, and so she’s on statins, trying to get her total cholesterol as low as humanly possible.

    • VicLmech

      Ask the doctor what the optimal cholesterol range is. Most likely you will get a blank stare. For some docs, there is never such a things as “too low” on cholesterol. these are docs to avoid.

  • allessio77

    Is this study corrected for initial weight? how bout starting glucose? Correlation is not causation.

  • Emmalee

    What about people with familial hypercholesterolemia? My mom has been taking Zocor for over 40 years – is now 88
    – no diabetes. I have been taking for 10 years – no diabetes. Was diagnosed in my early 40s.

    • David Perlmutter

      Best to consult with your physician.

  • Emmalee

    I also remembered – taking really good Omega 3s supplement – slashed my LDL to 70. Still on 20 mg Zocor for last 12 years. I will ask my MD.

  • Caregiver

    What about Statins causing Alzheimers too, without diabetes? Why is every elderly person I know NOT on Statins sharp still and those who take them have dementia? Do you recommend no statins even if your cholesterols is high and you have a family history of heart disease and alzheimers?

  • BMQ

    I viewed your video on the link between statins and diabetes type2.. You quoted the study on woman, is it safe to assume that the same apply for men?

  • Lois

    My 63 year old friend has been taking Crestor for a few years now. He would like very much to stop taking them altogether but has high triglycerides. His cholesterol is under control and he does not have high blood pressure . I would appreciate your comment on this. Thank You.

    • David Perlmutter

      He would need to discuss that with his physician.

    • VicLmech

      Most health care sites that I have seen credit high-carb diets for high triglycerides. Low-carb diets tend to lower those triglyecerides.

  • Fernanda Basílio

    Doctor, I needed to show my father your video. He is taking statins, but he is becoming diabetic. I copied your video and put some subtitles in Portuguese and in English (is automatic). Is it ok?

    Here´s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ai2vWkX8dE&feature=youtu.be

    Thank you for the informations!

    • David Perlmutter

      Thank you for sharing Fernanda.

  • mw

    you say to discuss giving up these statins with your doc, but the doctors i speak with dismiss these side effects or act like they are not aware of these.

  • Sarah

    Tried taking my mom off statins for cholesterol, changed diet but no luck, I’m completely against Rx’s would rather go natural. Dr Perlmutter any suggestions on a natural route? Her cholesterol was about 280 off Rx triglycerides were high but not sure of the number. Her cardiologist (who I work for) is fine with her going natural but he said to seek a natural “professional” any ideas? Thanks in advance BTW big difference with the Grain Brain!

  • TechnoTriticale

    > … exposure to statins may put you at greater risk for ..

    many things

    As I understand it, unless you are a middle-aged male who has already had one MI, being on statins either does nothing, or actually increases your risk of all-cause mortality.

    A competent MD would provide references showing the total risk/benefit for someone in your situation. They would also warn of the side effects, and counsel on how to manage them (with mandatory CoQ10 supplementation being at the top of the list).

    If they don’t do that, ask them: “So, when the class actions start on statins, will the list of defendants be limited to the the drug makers, or might it also include reckless MDs who prescribe these hazardous substances to all and sundry without adequate risk disclosure?”

  • Marybeth

    What options are there when the CMS qualtity measures (NQF 0545) require Adherence to Statins for Individuals with Diabetes Mellitus?

  • Kelly S

    What’s your take on statin drugs and “arterial plaque stabilization”? I have a patient who has read your book, as have I, and doesn’t want to go on a statin drug yet her MD is saying it’s in her best interest to stabilize the plaque in her arteries…..THANK YOU for your help!

  • Ann

    My mother, a highly educated professional in wonderful health, started a statin for elevated cholesterol at age 69. Within a year she was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment and pre diabetes. Stopping the statin allowed an improvement in memory that only lasted a few months. Thereafter she steadily declined and had to be institutionalized for Alzheimer’s 3 years later. There was no sign of memory problems prior to the drug and no family history of the disease. If only she had had access to this information…

  • All2human

    David your comments about this research are misleading. First correlation is not causation. Second, no one study, no matter how robust proves anything. It must be replicated. As a scientist you should know better. My hypothesis, this post will be removed because it conflicts with your presentation and book sales. Then again I could be wrong.

  • cndinak

    I’m curious as to the doctors thoughts/views on xylitol

  • Jen

    David, i would love to get your opinion on why not to get on a STATIN drug for arterial plaque stabilization, My father was recently put on a satin (not because he has high cholesterol but because of his family history of heart attack and because they did a test on his arteries and found there was a small amount of plaqueing, I told my father it was a bad idea because of all the negative things i have heard about them but my father said he did his own research and decided to start taking the statin. I refuse to give up until he gets off the statin and would love some of your expert knowledge to share with my father. Thank you so much!!

    • David Perlmutter

      Overall, I am not a fan of statins. However, I would hesitate to offer advice that applies directly to your/your father’s condition, as I am not familiar with all the specifics of his health.

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