Previous studies conducted in United States have shown that patients with Type-2 diabetes and high bad cholesterol level are 3 or 4 times more likely to die from heart attack or stroke. Watching what to eat and having plenty of exercise are keys to help people reduce their bad cholesterol level. If one does all these but still fails to reduce the bad cholesterol level, he or she is advised to seek help from doctors for prescribed medication.
In 2004, the results of a 26-week study released at an international meeting of cardiovascular specialists in Spain showed that Crestor (rosuvastatin) is more effective than any other in decreasing the bad cholesterol level in patients with Type-2 diabetes. The study compared rosuvastatin with another statin, atorvastatin (available under the brand Lipitor). Earlier studies had also shown that 10 mg of rosuvastatin is more potent than 10 mg of atorvastatin.
Many diabetic patients were aware of their conditions but still had high levels of bad cholesterol. After they were treated and monitored for diabetes and glucose control, the cholesterol remained outside the desirable range. Perhaps doctors have to be more aggressive in getting all diabetic patients at the desirable cholesterol target with the help of appropriate medication like Crestor.
Crestor is usually prescribed along with diet to lower cholesterol. It is known that taking 10 mg of Crestor along with diet can actually lower bad cholesterol by up to 52 percent. Meanwhile, it can also raise the good cholesterol level by up to 14 percent. Neverheless, results may vary among patients.
There is no doubt that lowering of bad cholesterol level and well-controlled diabetic conditions may help reduce the risk of developing heart disease, Crestor has not been determined to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, or strokes.
Not everyone is capable to take Crestor. Women who are nursing, pregnant, or who may become pregnant or anyone with liver problems should not use Crestor. In fact, before and during treatment with Crestor, you should ask your doctor to do blood tests to monitor your liver condition. Patients should inform their doctor if they are taking any medication.
Patients may encounter side effects. Unexplained muscle pain and weakness are considered as a rare but serious side effect. If patients do experience this, they should report to their doctors immediately. Other infrequent side effects such as muscle aches, nausea, abdominal pain, constipation and weakness are usually mild and tend to go away after a short period of time.