Statins? No thanks...!

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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 9/9/2005 2:01 AM (GMT -7)   
We are from England. My wife is 43 years old, insulin dependant diabetic (Novorapid and Glargine) and in good health at 5' 4" and just under 9 stone.  She goes for a check up a couple of times a year at the hospital and last year they told her to take a statin to control her cholesterol.  I am not happy with her taking these drugs as they not only block the bad fats but also the good ones. This will cause disorder in her muscles and joints. She is not going to take them. 
It annoys me that they are tarring all diabetics with the same brush and dishing out these drugs and not spending a bit more time finding out if each diabetic REALLY needs to take these drugs! 
I know an old lady who had a terrible experience with the side effects associated with these statins and I don't want my healthy wife to suffer from the same effects.
Anybody else had any experiences with this? Thanks.

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Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 76
   Posted 9/9/2005 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello. I'm only 24, but have been type 1 for 23 years. I find that every time i see a new doctor i have problems. I find them to be very pushy with what "the books" say. Now as a diabetic my body doesn't follow that book at all! For example NPH is only supposed to last according to the book around 12 hours, but for me i can take it at supper and be fine in the morning (16 hours later). So i am just very stubborn with these new doctors until they get that i am in excellent health and know my body and don't need these other things! Your wife just needs to stand her ground and tell her doctor how she feels and what she wants. My doctor is awesome now, he understands that i'm stubborn and well educated and he lets me do my thing. (my last a1c was 5.8) So I think i'm doing ok. Hope all this babbling is helpful! Robyn

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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 9/9/2005 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Robyn. Glad to know you get your point across.

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 9/10/2005 12:11 AM (GMT -7)   
My statin has done wonders for my cholesterol so I'm happy with the results but I know all people have different reactions. I've also made some lifestyle changes to help it but the majority of the help has come from my meds. I like to give my doctor the benefit of the doubt because she does so much research on her own. I trust her.
~ Jeannie

"As one goes through life one learns if you don't paddle your own canoe you don't move."
-Katherine Hepburn

"Madness takes its toll.
Please have exact change."

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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 9/10/2005 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad they're working for you, Jeannie, and that you have a good relationship with your doc. I personally just don't agree with drugs and hope that there is always an alternative to taking them.

Thanks for replying to my post.
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