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Will Statins Control My Blood Sugar?

By    |   Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 10:33 AM

Question: What is the most effective statin to control cholesterol? Also: do these drugs control blood sugar?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Statins do have an anti-inflammatory effect, and some are better than others. Statins have revolutionized the management of blood fats and cholesterol. Prior treatments were hard to tolerate, full of nasty adverse effects and difficult to use several times a day.
 
Statins are now typically taken once a day, preferably at night, and allow some people with high cholesterol levels to live a normal life they otherwise would not have been able to do. These medications prevent excess production of cholesterol at the liver level, and it is this fact that separates them from prior treatments.
 
Statins do not control blood sugar, and the anecdotal evidence suggests they may actually cause a small increase in blood glucose in some patients. But those effects are not sufficiently negative to overrule the markedly positive effects that statins have on lipid metabolism.
 
I prefer to use a third generation such as Crestor because of its effectiveness, safety, tolerability, and convenience. The newer statins have fewer side effects, less drug-drug interaction, a lower incidence of complication, and are easier to take than earlier cholesterol-lowering medications. The prior generations of statins, especially Mevacor, had more side effects, and needed closer monitoring and supplementation in my experience than a third generation statin such as Crestor.

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Statins do have an anti-inflammatory effect, and some are better than others, but don't generally lower blood sugar.
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