Cardiovascular outcomes trials with statins in diabetes
Keywords:diabetes, hypercholesterolaemia, lipids, statins, cardiovascular disease
Treatment with statins is one of the most effective ways of reducing cardiovascular events in those with diabetes. Many studies containing thousands of subjects with diabetes have demonstrated that statins reduce cardiovascular events when there is no known cardiovascular disease (primary prevention) and in those with confirmed atherosclerotic disease (secondary prevention). High-dose statins appear to be even more effective in established cardiovascular disease, but at the expense of increased drug side effects. In this paper we review the evidence for the benefits of statins in diabetes. In a second review we will examine the evidence for possible benefits of other lipid-lowering therapies when these are added to background statin therapy in diabetes.
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