Lipitor Side Effects in Women: Managing Your Diabetes
Written by Stephen Fields on June 12, 2014
Pfizer’s blockbuster cholesterol drug Lipitor (atorvastatin) has become the target of growing scrutiny due to concerns about a risk of type 2 diabetes. Thousands of former users have reported developing the condition despite maintaining a reasonably healthy lifestyle. They claim that Pfizer either knew about the link between Lipitor and diabetes or should have known about it. Either way, the company failed to inform the public.
Lipitor users who have been diagnosed with this lifelong illness may be able to obtain financial compensation from the manufacturer. There is substantial evidence that Pfizer was negligent and worse. By filing a Lipitor diabetes lawsuit, you or someone you love can hold the manufacturer responsible for your condition.
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for type 2 diabetes. Individuals who are diagnosed with it must make a number of lifestyle changes to prevent the disease from causing severe complications down the road. Below, we’ll describe some of the steps diabetics must take in order to remain healthy.
Test And Record Your Blood Sugar Levels
Monitoring your blood sugar levels is critical. Doing so will help you keep it under control. A blood glucose meter can be purchased inexpensively at most large retailers (it typically costs less than $15). The meter is easy to use and will provide a precise reading of the level of sugar in your blood.
Most diabetics should check their glucose levels at least once or twice per day. Good times to do so are before meals and when waking up. Make a record of the levels and share them with your doctor to ensure they are appropriate given your condition. If the levels are high, your doctor may suggest making changes to your diet or exercise routine.
Control Lipitor Diabetes Side Effects With Diet And Exercise
The foods you eat play an important role in your blood glucose levels. If your levels are too high or low, changing your diet can bring them back within an acceptable range.
The number of carbohydrates you consume is especially important since your body converts them into sugar. Under normal circumstances, insulin from the pancreas would help your body absorb the sugar, essentially removing it from your bloodstream. With diabetes, your pancreas produces too little insulin or your body is unable to use it effectively. Hence, much of the sugar remains in your blood.
Your doctor can help you create a diet that accommodates your illness. It should limit your caloric intake, allow for a moderate level of carbohydrates, and focus on protein and the right types of fats.
Exercise is also important since it promotes insulin sensitivity. That’s the reason doctors strongly recommend their diabetic patients work out on a regular basis. Your regimen should involve aerobic activities, such as swimming, jogging, biking, or hiking. A reasonable goal is to exercise for at least 30 minutes per day.
Watch For Complications From Lipitor And Diabetes
Diabetics must remain vigilant for signs of complications caused by their illness. Left unchecked, diabetes can damage the blood vessels and impair blood flow. This can open the door to a variety of serious health problems. Complications can include nerve damage, kidney disease, and vision problems (among many others).
Nerve damage (neuropathy) affects nearly 50% of diabetics. It stems from injury to the blood vessels caused by excess glucose in the bloodstream. The vessels that normally suffer damage supply the nerves in the lower half of the body. Damage to these nerves can cause loss of sensation, pain, and other issues with the feet and legs. If you notice these symptoms, consult your doctor.
Kidney disease (nephropathy) occurs when high blood glucose levels force the kidneys to work harder than normal. Eventually, the kidneys tire out and stop working. Once this happens, they become unable to filter waste products from your bloodstream. Ask your doctor to perform regular urine tests to identify early signs of disease.
Vision problems are caused by damaged nerves in the eyes. As the blood vessels lose their ability to nourish the nerves, your eyes become less effective. Their ability to receive external light and the nerves’ ability send electrical impulses to your brain become impaired. The result is partial or complete blindness. The best way to monitor eye problems is to make an annual appointment with an ophthalmologist for tests.
When Medications Become Necessary To Control Glucose
Many diabetics are unable to control their blood glucose levels with diet and exercise alone. They need to take medications to do so. There are numerous drugs that can help you manage your glucose levels. They are designed to achieve different goals. For example, metformin increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin. Glipizide (marketed as Glucotrol) stimulates insulin secretion from the pancreas. Acarbose (sold as Precose) slows the breakdown of carbohydrates into sugar.
Speak with your doctor regarding whether you need to take diabetes medications. If you are a candidate for them, he or she can advise you on which ones are likely to have the desired effect.
Filing A Lipitor Lawsuit Claim Against The Manufacturer
Being diagnosed with diabetes after using Lipitor means spending the rest of your life closely monitoring your health. There is also an ongoing cost associated with taking medications. It’s also worth underscoring that a majority of diabetics suffer eventually one or more complications.
Pfizer failed to inform the public that its cholesterol drug could trigger the disease. Many people suspect the company intentionally withheld information about it.
If you developed diabetes while using Lipitor, you may be eligible to receive compensation from the manufacturer. Our Lipitor attorneys are currently evaluating claims from women who have suffered serious harm while using this popular cholesterol drug.
Contact our offices for a free consultation. We’re here to listen as you describe your experience with Lipitor, and advise you regarding your legal options.
There is limited time to file a claim. Call our offices at 1-888-210-9968 at your earliest convenience to demand the compensation you deserve.