Diabetes Risk And the Lipitor Lawsuit
Lipitor, like other statin drugs, works by blocking cholesterol production in the liver. Cholesterol is a fat used by the body some of which comes from the foods we eat, but most coming from the liver cells.
Cholesterol is designated as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or high-density lipoprotein (HDL) depending on its destination. While our bodies need both types, if we produce more LDL than the cells can absorb, it can raise our risk for heart injuries and stroke.
Pfizer, Inc. first aggressively marketed Lipitor in the U.S. in 1997. Thanks in part to a study showing that it could reduce cholesterol better than previously released statins, it became the world’s best-selling drug.
Link Between Lipitor and Diabetes
In a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers found that postmenopausal women that took statin drugs such as Lipitor had a 48% higher risk of developing diabetes than women not using statins.
This investigation involved 153,840 woman aged 50 – 79 recruited by the Women’s Health Initiative. The results indicate that statin use can increase a woman’s risk of type 2 diabetes. In addition, women with a body mass index (BMI) lower than 25.0 had a greater risk than women with a BMI of 30.0 or more.
Women that have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after taking Lipitor may have a legal claim against the drug manufacturer, Pfizer, Inc.
The FDA has issued an advisement that taking statins such as Lipitor may increase the risk of higher blood sugar levels which could lead to diabetes.
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
According to the American Diabetes Association, Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.
Diabetes occurs when a patient’s blood sugar (glucose) levels are higher than normal (hyperglycemia). This is due to the body’s inability to produce or use insulin. Glucose provides energy to the cells of your muscles and tissues. When blood sugar levels are too high it can lead to serious health issues.
Complications of diabetes include:
- Kidney Disease
- Heart Disease
- Nerve Injury
Symptoms of diabetes can vary and may not be as noticeable in the beginning of developing the disease. Some of the most common signs of diabetes are:
- Increased Thirst and/or Hunger
- Unexplained Weight Loss
- Frequent Urination
- Blurred Vision
While some patients do not experience all of the above signs of diabetes, it is recommended that you seek out medical attention if you develop any of these symptoms, particularly if you are taking statin drugs to treat high cholesterol.
Do not stop taking Lipitor without first speaking with your doctor. Statin drugs may be effective in preventing cardiovascular events. It is recommended that those taking Lipitor have their blood sugar levels checked regularly to detect the onset of diabetes.
Women are filing lawsuits now against the manufacturer of Lipitor after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Legal Help For Your Lipitor and Diabetes Claim
Our legal team is now helping women that have developed type 2 diabetes after taking the statin drug, Lipitor. We are filing claims now and offer assistance and support throughout the entire process.
If you would like would like your case to be considered for compensation, please call us now or use the confidential form on this page for your evaluation. It is possible that if you are a woman that has been diagnosed with diabetes after using Lipitor that you may qualify for compensation to help with your current and future medical expenses such as medications, hospitalization, and nursing care.
The experienced attorneys at D. Miller and Associates, PLLC will assist you with all aspects of filing your claim while working hard to get compensation and support for you and your family.
For more information on how you may qualify, call us at (713) 850-8600 or fill out the form on this page today.