Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Can Statins Lower My Blood Sugar?

Friday, 29 Mar 2013 02:21 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I just started taking Zocor for my cholesterol and I been having trouble with my blood sugar dropping low. Is this just a side effect and will it go away eventually?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Hypoglycemia like yours must be corrected. Zocor is not usually associated with hypoglycemia; reports of it are very rare with the drug. So I recommend you see your doctor for re-evaluation without delay.
 
Sometimes pre-diabetes is heralded by hypoglycemia, as are other metabolic disorders, such as hypothyroidism and Addison's disease. The effects of Zocor are seen over weeks and months, so discontinuing Zocor for several weeks is usually a safe way to see if it makes a difference, in consultation with your physician, of course.
 
It might wise to change to a newer anti-cholesterol agent such as Crestor or Lipitor, but I would not wait to see if your hypoglycemia goes away by itself.

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