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Lipitor, Severe Diabetes A Fatal Combination

If you read my newsletter with any regularity, you know statin drugs aren't the one-stop cure-all for high cholesterol. In fact, these toxic drugs are linked to a number of serious and potentially life-threatening side effects including, but not limited to, muscle aches, rhabdomyolysis, immune system suppression and an increased risk of cancer.

Add more than doubling your risk of a deadly stroke to the list, if you're a severely ill diabetic who's taking Lipitor. A new study in this week's New England Journal of Medicine (see text link below) proves cholesterol statin drugs do nothing to help diabetics who rely on dialysis machines to remove wastes from their bodies because their kidneys stopped working.

The Pfizer-funded study compared the effect of a 20 mg dose of Lipitor versus a placebo on more than 1,200 type 2 diabetics who were severely ill over a four-year period. The main result was no surprise: Taking Lipitor made absolutely no difference in the participants' combined risk of heart attacks, strokes and death.

Even worse, more than twice as many patients who took Lipitor suffered fatal strokes (27) than the placebo group (13).

Instead of taking a pill that could very well hurt or kill you, consider a healthier and safer course that can lower your cholesterol and treat your diabetes naturally:

New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 353, No. 3, July 21, 2005: 238-248

Yahoo News July 20, 2005

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