Have you heard changes in cholesterol recommendations

By fpulido Latest Reply 2015-03-29 11:17:26 -0500
Started 2015-03-28 17:40:03 -0500

My doctor at Kaiser Permanente send me a message stating that there has been some changes in national recommendations for diabetics regarding cholesterol meds. My doctor states that the recommendation for diabetics to be on at least 40mg of Lipitor.

I have taken exception to this recommendation because 1) I take a different cholesterol med, 2) the recommendation states a specific medicine, and 3) if this was an independent recommendation, it would not state a specific brand.

Has anyone else heard of this new "recommendation"? In my opinion, the company that makes Lipitor funded the research, hence, the recommendation to use their brand.

Any insight would be appreciated.

5 replies

GabbyPA 2015-03-29 11:17:26 -0500 Report

I have not heard that, but I agree. Getting brand specific is not on the up and up unless there are no alternatives. Plus, I don't care for the idea that they want to lump everyone into a big pot that all of us need to take any kind of cholesterol reducing drug. They already push statins too much.

JoleneAL 2015-03-29 10:55:56 -0500 Report

I agree this sounds like a push for one medication, which tells me another finger in the pie by Big Pharma.

I am allergic to all statins - thank God.

Type1Lou 2015-03-29 09:49:03 -0500 Report

My endo in 2010 increased my statin dosage to 40mg per day (I use Simvastatin) because acceptable total lipid levels for diabetics are 170 or lower. Any statin that can get you in that range should be acceptable.

jayabee52 2015-03-29 00:38:54 -0500 Report

Howdy TPuldpo
No I haven't heard of a change to cholesterol recommendations until you mentioned it. However I got to checking and the ADA has made some recommendations about statin use. You can read it here ~ http://www.diabeticlifestyle.com/diabetes/cho...

A quote in the article: ""Some evidence suggests that patients at risk for developing diabetes may progress more quickly to diabetes once they are on a statin, but overwhelming evidence supports the fact that statins confer a huge mortality benefit to patients with diabetes," said Richard W. Grant, MD, MPH, a research scientist at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, and chair of the ADA's Professional Practice Committee." So here we have a research Dr from Kaiser who is promoting the change.

Probably someone from Kaiser got payola from the makers of Lipitor to change the recommendations in their favor.

It is my belief statins are generally counterproductive for anyone as they mess with a necessary bodily enzyme, Co-Q 10. That enzyme is necessary for heart and muscle function.

God's best to you



Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-28 18:03:16 -0500 Report

I haven't heard of it..and think it is insane…I know that the quacks think all diabetics should be on a statin…even if they don't have high cholesterol (face palm)…but specifically Lipitor…no…sounds like yet another unholy deal has been made under the table…I wouldn't touch Lipitor or any other statin with a ten foot pole…but that's just me…

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