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Blood pressure meds and statins

Good morning. 9 months ago, I was informed I am type 2 diabetic. Ive since dropped 36 pounds, lowered my BP from 155/95 to 120/70 with proper nutrition and daily exercise. My fasting glucose readings have steadily dropped as have my pre and post dinner readings. I am controlling my type 2 with diet, no meds- yet.
My diabetic doctor tells me I must go on statins to lower my cholesterol levels ( theyve dropped more then 55% in the past 6 months. I am currently on BP medication, low dose. When reading manufacturers data, both BP meds and statin meds state these drugs can significantly raise glucose levels.
Anyone know about this?
Thx

  1. Hi , great question, and congratulations on all the great work you've done to manage your diabetes. Yes, statin medications have been known to raise glucose levels, here's a study on this: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19188844/. There are different kinds of blood pressure medication, https://type2diabetes.com/complications/cardiovascular/high-blood-pressure/, here's a study on the relationship between different blood pressure medicines and glucose levels: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4110601/.

    I would definitely recommend bringing to your doctor your questions and concerns and work together to outweigh the positives and negatives of going on these medications with your diabetes management.

    Wishing you all the best,
    Minel (Team Member)

    1. Thanks for your reply. I'm not done yet. Im still aiming for another 11 pounds to drop.
      I was told there is no getting around the statins. My next A1C test is in 2 months, and she told me its impossible to get my cholesterol levels down to a number low enough to avoid taking a statin med.
      But, here's to hoping she is wrong.

  2. And thank you for posting those articles. I appreciate them.
    Maybe showing her these will change her mind, and maybe wait and see how much better the numbers can become.

    1. Of course, no problem, ! Please keep us updated on how everything goes. Best, Minel (Team Member)

  3. Those links are great. With COVID still going around, those are really useful to read on my down time.

    1. Hi, glad you found the links helpful! Yes, it's always good to have some informative articles to read when free time presents itself. 😀 -Ashlen, Type2diabetes.com community moderator

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