Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, and is diagnosed in patients whose bodies either do not produce enough insulin or ignore the insulin produced. According to the American Diabetes Association, insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. Every time you eat, the body breaks down the starches and sugars from the food to form glucose, which is the basic fuel for the body’s cells, and then insulin then takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. If the body fails to produce enough insulin or ignores the insulin that is produced, glucose can build up in the blood instead of going into the cells, possibly leading to diabetes complications.
In many cases, people with Type 2 diabetes exhibit no symptoms of the disease. When Type 2 diabetes symptoms do occur, however, they can include:
If Type 2 diabetes isn’t managed properly, it can lead to serious or life-threatening complications, including kidney damage, poor blood circulation, nerve damage and retinopathy – an eye condition that can lead to blindness.
Although Lipitor entered the market in 1996, it wasn’t until 2009 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new prescribing guidelines for the statin, due to an increased risk of muscle damage among Lipitor users. Two years later, the agency updated the Lipitor warning label again, notifying consumers and the medical community that Lipitor use may be linked to liver damage side effects. In 2012, the FDA again required Pfizer to update Lipitor’s drug label, this time warning consumers about the risk of diabetes complications occurring in those who use Lipitor to control their cholesterol. The most recent Lipitor warning was issued following a Women’s Health Initiative study, which found that women have a 50% increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes when they use Lipitor and other cholesterol-lowering medications, especially post-menopausal women.
Type 2 diabetes is a serious medical condition that can lead to severe and possibly even life-threatening complications. If you have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes or another serious disease that you believe to be linked to a potentially dangerous pharmaceutical drug like Lipitor, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help put you in touch with a knowledgeable lawyer in your area who has experience handling drug injury claims. There are far too many medications on the market that have the potential to cause consumers serious harm. With a reputable attorney on your side, you may be able to file a product liability claim against the drug manufacturing company, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses and other damages.