I have been on statins for years and never had a problem with my blood sugars. From what I have heard from other T1s, the statin doesn't really make a difference. The question I have asked a lot (and not gotten any answer to) is I wonder if the folks with other problems, put on statins and then develop higher blood sugar - I wonder if they weren't predisposed to diabetes anyway and just got a little nudge. I will tell you my experience with my pancreas transplant. My donor didn't require any insulin even though many head injury patients do. And then they pumped him full of steroids which should have shot his glucose up, but it didn't. My pancreas works really well, knock on wood, and I suspect that my donor had a fabulous pancreas that never would have had a problem with a statin. Probably just not prone to D.
I've been on statins for years and I have always had trouble maintaining a fasting blood sugar level within range (I almost always wake up high)
I once asked my CDE if the lipitor could be increasing my blood sugar, becasue on the nights I forget to take it my fasting sugar is good..and they said no. I plan on arming myself with this new information when I go. What's the lesser of 2 evils, lipitor protecting my heart, or higher blood sugar which in turn will lead to increased risk of heart disease.
I've had type1 for about 35 years.I began taking Crestor 2.5 to 3 years ago.This coincided with often inexplicable highs in the mornings.Now,looking back on my control before I began taking Crestor, morning highs occurred much less often then. I know with long term diabetes things change and it can become more difficult to manage highs and lows.But I'm rigorous in monitoring/injecting/meal logs ect. and I've been struggling for nearly three years to find solutions--without real success.It didn't make sense. I hadn't thought that Crestor might be a major contributor to the highs until a diabetic educator I'd sought out suggested it. Several studies suggest both Prevachol and Mevacor (low-intensity statins) demonstrated significantly lower risk for developing Type 2 when compared to Crestor,Lipitor & Zocor(high-intensity statins). Could there be implications for Type1's? I'll be talking with my doctor to see if switching to Prevachol might help with morning highs.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
The opinions expressed in WebMD Communities are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. Communities are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.
Do not consider Communities as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.