Statins for All Adults With Diabetes?
Study: One-Third Less Diabetes-Linked Heart Disease With Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs
Cheung says everyone with diabetes should discuss cholesterol-lowering
therapy with their doctors, but he does not think doctors should always
recommend drug therapy.
"Even if a person has a 1% per year risk of a major cardiovascular
event, there is still a benefit from statins," he says. "So for people
whose risk increases over time -- and after middle age, that is most everybody
with diabetes -- there is no point in not treating them with statins."
The study by Baigent and colleagues, and an editorial by Cheung, appear in
the Jan. 12 issue of The Lancet.
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