Renal and Urology News reported an increase in body weight within a year of taking Atorvastatin (a cholesterol-lowering medication) which is associated with a higher risk of worsening and new-onset Type II Diabetes. According to a recent study published online in The American Journal of Cardiology, the complication is even further emphasized in people with "stable Coronary Artery Disease" (Heart Disease) such as Chronic Kidney Disease patients and those with Diabetes.
Researchers found that 650 patients out of the total 7,595 individuals studied developed Type II Diabetes after taking Atorvastatin. The main cause of increased Diabetes rates in this population of statin users is weight gain which was significant after 1 year of starting their statin regimen. “Our study highlights the importance of weight control as a lifestyle measure to prevent statin-related NODM [Type II Diabetes],” the authors concluded.
Does this mean if you have Diabetes you do not have to concern yourself with these findings? Well, no because weight gain in patients with Diabetes can be even more devastating than in people with just CKD. Have you noticed weight gain since you started your statin treatment? If you think the two are connected (statin regimen and weight gain), once you have read this article, contact your Healthcare Team to share with them your concerns and ask them if they think there is a better medicinal option for you.
Unfortunately, in some cases there is no better treatment option for you. If you fall into that category then it is even more important to focus on your lifestyle decisions and making sure you are making the best ones to ensure your continued health. A good first step in that direction is, Fight Kidney Disease and Diabetes, a cooking and accountability guide. It is only $5.00 during National Kidney Month and is a recommended investment if you can afford it.
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