Statins and Nerve Damage (Peripheral Neuropathy): An Overlooked Side Effect!

Is cholesterol necesary for proper nerve function? Most prescribers are unaware of this idea, but statins and nerve damage in type 2 diabetes are related.

By now, almost everyone agrees that statins like atorvastatin, lovastatin, rosuvastatin and simvastatin can cause muscle pain (myalgia). Most clinicians also acknowledge that statins are also linked to type 2 diabetes. There is far less agreement about statins and nerve damage (aka peripheral neuropathy or polyneuropathy). A study published in JAMA Network Open (May 31, 2019) suggests that lowering cholesterol levels (with or without statins) in patients with type 2 diabetes is associated with nerve damage.

Statins As Lightning Rods:

Statin Enthusiasts:

There are few drugs as controversial as statins to lower cholesterol. On one side are the enthusiasts. These health professionals believe that these drugs are among the most effective and the least dangerous drugs in the pharmacy.

A study published in the European…

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