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Most diabetes patients should be given statins

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Almost all diabetes patients 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 statins 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 said: ‘Statin therapy is only likely to be inappropriate when the risk of a heart attack or stroke is very low, as in children, or when there are concerns about drug safety, as in pregnancy.’

Lancet (2008) 371:117-125

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