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

November 5, 2019

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.

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  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..

  8. I was on pitavasatan for a while. While on it, my hba1c was higher than ever since then, though I'm not sure I could draw a connection because of all the different factors that may be involved; I can only find one record of it (hba1c) being actually measured a few years before then (it was a little lower) so it's possible it was even higher in the interim and on its way down again after switching from Crestor. But of the three satans I was put on, it had the most adverse effects (though again, it could very well have been just accumulation of years of being on them.) Bottom line – it's very confusing trying to figure out specific impact of satans on an individual. Unfortunately, the data points on an individual are just too limited and too may confounding factors.

  9. Good news for some I guess. Kinda took the wind out of my sail. I was considering a low dose statin, but the more I read and see. Not so much anymore.

  10. Is Livalo Hydrophilic like Crestor or is it lipophilic like Lipitor? A study shows lipitor causes memory decline and cognitive deficits.

  11. 20 mg atorovastatin after my quintuple bypass, I'm carnivore keto since August 1, diet being carb free 3 weeks, one week salads and greens with eggs and GFGF beef jerky, nuts and seeds, == fasting glucose is 80, I wonder how low it would go if I let my five transplanted arteries look out for themselves?

  12. Just now watched an ABC TV (Aust) science show on obesity, cholesterol and diabetes and diet – I can only shake my head and say bad luck to all those Aussies who will still die of CVD and diabetes side effects. At least my wife and I 'get it'. Married 20 years…both are now just 1kg heavier than we were when young.

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