Recent studies have shown that Crestor (rosuvastatin) may raise the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a chronic medical condition that afflicts 25 million Americans nationwide.
Signs and symptoms of Crestor diabetes
Crestor diabetes is characterized by high levels of sugar in the blood, or hyperglycemia. Diabetes is caused by a defect in the way the body produces insulin, a hormone that is essential in transferring sugar into the body’s cells where sugar is used as a source of energy.
Diabetes typically affects people who take Crestor and are over the age of 45, though diabetes has been known to affect Crestor users who are younger.
Symptoms of Crestor diabetes include blurred vision, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, infections, increased appetite and increased urination. Long term complications linked to diabetes include stroke, heart failure, nerve damage and kidney failure.
People previously diagnosed with type 2 diabetes may in fact have diabetes caused by Crestor. Crestor users with diabetes should speak to a physician about the impact of Crestor on preexisting diabetes.
Crestor diabetes: one side effect among many
Diabetes is just the latest of several side effects linked to the popular cholesterol drug. Other Crestor side effects include muscle damage, myopathy, cardiomyopathy, and rhabdomyolysis – a dangerous and sometimes life-threatening kidney disorder.
More than 20 million Crestor prescriptions were dispensed in 2010, making it one of the most popular brand name pharmaceuticals in the United States.