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A 44-year-old female asked:

I'm diabetic and on lipitor (atorvastatin) could that be making my diabetes worse?

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Dr. Dwain Rickertsen
Family Medicine 36 years experience
Family practice : Lipitor (atorvastatin) and other statin drugs are used frequently to lower incidence of heart disease in diabetics. It lowers production of bad cholesterol. However larger doses 80 mg or higher has been found to elevate bs especially in women over 50.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
No: Lipitor (atorvastatin) should not affect your diabetes. It improves your cholesterol - a different class of substance than glucose. Lipitor (atorvastatin) does have side effects (like all medicines) but not to make your blood sugar too high or low.

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Last updated Feb 11, 2016

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