Weighing Benefits Against Risks

Diabetic patient doing glucose level blood test

Because cholesterol-lowering “statin” drugs are known to moderately raise blood sugar levels, those faced with an increased risk of both heart disease and diabetes may wonder if taking the drugs may still be beneficial. While statin drugs reduce the change of heart problems and stroke, they also might tip pre-diabetic individuals over the diabetes threshold.

However, according to analysis of the medical records of 9,000 people with elevated sugar levels and also greater risk of heart attacks, strokes and death, the heart benefit from taking statins outweighs the risk of diabetes. While diabetes can be controlled with medication or a lower statin dose, heart attacks and stroke can cause permanent disability.

Do you have any type of heart disease or are you diabetic? Do you take statin drugs? We will be more than happy to review all the medications you are taking. We can tailor a program to your personal diabetic needs. We combine professionalism, state of the art knowledge and friendliness to assure that you will receive our outstanding service in a timely manner.

If you have any questions about medicines please call us at 866-444-6290 for answers. We have 12 area locations to serve you. We’re more than a pharmacy, we’re family! We can tailor a program to your personal diabetic needs. We also have a specialized compounding pharmacy for those with specific prescription doses.