Only three out of five people with diabetes are taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, though national guidelines recommend that they should take the medication, regardless of their blood cholesterol levels, unless contraindicated. That comes from a research letter in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, which looked at 215,000 patients, ages 40 to 75, in 204 cardiology practices.
People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than those without the disease.
Some people with diabetes may be confused by research showing that statins modestly increase the risk of developing diabetes, but that has no bearing on the statin recommendation for people who already have diabetes.
Also see Statins and Muscle Pain.