Commercials, doctors, medical literature and the media stress that high cholesterol is the cause of heart disease. The question still remains as to whether or not this is a condition requiring treatment. Having high cholesterol has no noticeable symptoms. It can only be detected by a medical professional through testing the blood.
We are currently investigating the cholesterol medication Lipitor because it has been linked to an increased risk of causing diabetes in women.
Diabetes is a disease that affects the blood of a person. A person who is diagnosed with diabetes has a high sugar level in their bloodstream. Their body’s cells are not responding correctly to insulin and/or not creating enough insulin to cause a proper balance. Diabetes can cause longstanding complications such as blindness, kidney failure, and amputation of the leg or foot.
Additional side effects and complications of statin drugs include muscle aches, liver failure, and kidney failure. It has been reported that if statin drugs are taken for a long period of time they can cause changes in behavior or the ability to think correctly. It has been suggested that older patients and women that were menopausal are at higher risk. Obesity and a family history of cardiovascular disease also put patients at a higher risk for side effects.