Statin Drugs Lower Risk of Heart Attacks in People with Diabetes
A new study has shown that people with type two diabetes can reduce their risk
of heart attack by taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins, even if
their cholesterol levels are normal. In the study, more than 2,800 people with
type two took Lipitor, one of the common statin medications. Results showed that
- They were one third less likely to have a heart attack
- Half as likely to have a stroke
- One third less likely to die of any type of cardiovascular disease
These benefits seem to begin at about one year after treatment.
This was the first study whose goal was to examine whether statins are
beneficial specifically for people with diabetes.
The Lancet, 21 August 2004.