Q & A: Is it true that statin causes diabetes?

Q & A: Is it true that statin causes diabetes?


Statins may cause diabetes, is it true?
Actually, that’s a very good point. Statins will push you down that insulin
resistance highway. All of them except one, and that one is very expensive.
It’s called pitavastatin. Pitavastatin has not broken, has not lived through it.
Some got its patent. Yet so again, very expensive. We didn’t use it for the first
couple of years It was out because it wasn’t clear that it had that
pleiotropic effect of decreasing inflammation. The research is out now out but
pitavastatin or Livalo does decrease inflammation. And here’s what else. It
actually… it’s the only statin now that that decreases insulin resistance as
well. So the final barrier is cost. I had a patient who was on Livalo
who found a great price at a Canadian online pharmacy. He shared that with
other patients at the event this past March in Orlando. They all wanted to
go that route. So that I’ve got dozens of people now on pitavastatin from
Canadian online pharmacy.

12 thoughts on “Q & A: Is it true that statin causes diabetes?”

  1. Is the IR effect compounded over time, or is it a one time step increase? This is important for those of us looking at potential decades of lipid lowering therapy.

  2. I’m trying so hard to lower my blood glucose and insulin resistance. Now just being put on atorvastatin I feel defeated going to have to deal with that road block.

  3. Good info Doc. Can you post that Canadian pharmacy & website if possible? I am going to talk to my Cardiologist about switching to Levalo on my next OV……………Thanks

  4. Is fasting less effective for reduction of both, insulin resistance and inflammation? It is certainly cheaper. I am sure Pfizer, Merck, Teva, Amgen, Abbott, AstraZeneca, and Novartis will be happy to fund a study to find out. Because they care.

  5. Livalo is a prime example of corrupt Big Pharma in action. Normally, patent protection lasts 20 years from the filing date. Pitavastatin (Livalo) was patented in 1987 and approved for medical use in 2003. The first patent for Livalo expires in May 2015. So, a 28 year interval between 1987 and 2015.

    No generic versions of Livalo are yet available. In the USA, this drug received FDA approval in 2009. Kowa Pharmaceuticals America Inc., established in 2008, (with headquarters in Montgomery, Alabama) is the owner of the American patent to pitavastatin. This American company is a subsidiary of Kowa Company, Ltd., a privately held, multinational company established in 1894 and headquartered in Nagoya, Japan. The company’s flagship product, Livalo (pitavastatin), is approved in 45 countries around the world.

    There you have it, the patent law twisted into a pretzel to protect Big Pharma insiders who are patent holders and who were willing to buy politicians to get patent approval and protection. It was a cheap price for Kowa to pay, leasing space in an Alabama office building to finally get FDA approval for its statin drug.

    India has the right idea, pretty much not allowing any patents on pharmaceutical drugs.

  6. While so many Americans decry Canada's socialist medical system they seem to have no problem putting Canadian's access to drugs in jeopardy by overwhelming our system with purchases of our cheaper drugs. While the production of these drugs are from the private sector, they are regulated. Americans pay the most for their medicine, but Canada isn't that far behind. There has been political pressure in Canada to have access to "free" medicine for all, as in most European Countries. The U.S. political system is corrupt. Most Americans want Universal Health Care. Vote for the party that promises to deliver regardless of whether you think it will win or not. Stop leeching on your neighbor!

  7. What is the typical daily dosage for Livalo? I know their relative dosage compared to other common Statins is typically much lower..

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