Statins Help Lower Heart Attack, Stroke Risk for People with Diabetes
A recent study has shown that statin drugs, which help lower cholesterol, can decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke by one third in people who have diabetes. Even study participants who had low levels of so-called “bad” cholesterol experienced a reduction in risk.
In the study, there were 6,000 people with diabetes, 90 percent with type 2 and 10 percent with type 1. The statin drugs helped a wide variety of people—those who had had diabetes for different periods of time, those who were all ages, including 65 and older and those who had high blood pressure. Additionally, the statins helped reduce the rate of second cardiovascular events among people who had already had one event.
The Lancet, 14 June 2003; The British Heart Foundation