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Calls for statin use in diabetes

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Almost all people with diabetes would benefit from statin therapy, even if they do not have high cholesterol levels, according to researchers from the UK and Australia.

The study examined the effects of statin therapy in 19,000 people with diabetes from 14 trials and compared these with the effects of statins in 71,000 controls.
Researchers concluded that a standard statin regimen would prevent about one-third of heart attacks and strokes in people with diabetes.
The authors concluded: ‘Statin therapy is only likely to be inappropriate when the risk of a heart attack or stroke is very low, such as in children, or when there are concerns about drug safety, such as in pregnancy.’


The Lancet (2008) 371: 117–125

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