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Lipitor Might Increase Diabetes Risk

People who take high doses of Lipitor , the widely prescribed cholesterol medication, might have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. That risk is increased if they are predisposed to diabetes.

Recent studies, including one conducted at the University of California at San Francisco, suggest that Lipitor, as well as other cholesterol-lowering drugs, have a role in the increase risk of diabetes among users.

But the studies also suggest that the risk might largely exist among people who also have well-known risk factors for type 2 diabetes -- including excess weight, high blood sugar, elevated triglycerides (a type of blood fat) and high blood pressure.

Among the conclusions from the studies is that managing these risk factors, by shedding excess weight, for example, might help curb additional risk for diabetes.

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