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Statins for All Adults With Diabetes?

Study: One-Third Less Diabetes-Linked Heart Disease With Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

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Cheung says everyone with diabetes should discuss cholesterol-lowering therapy with their doctors, but he does not think doctors should always recommend drug therapy.

Baigent disagrees.

"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.

(If you have diabetes, has your doctor talked to you about a statins? Will you ask? Talk about it on WebMD's Type 2 Diabetes Support Group board.)

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