Patients with diabetes and heart conditions could use statin therapy

Tue, 07 Nov 2006
Statin drugs commonly used for non-diabetic people could aid those who suffer from diabetes and have had a heart attack or a severe angina problem. The data comes from a large statin treatment trial.

Those diabetic patients who were treated with intensive statin therapy (including Pravachol, Lipitor, Zocor and Crestor) were found to experience a decrease in cardiovascular complications. The study involved almost a thousand diabetic patients and 3184 non-diabetics.

The study results were published in the European Heart Journal and conducted by experts at the Harvard Medical School. The study team pointed out that there were some hitches with the treatment, and diabetic subjects did not decrease their bad cholesterol levels following the therapy. Amongst diabetics, they concluded, additional strategies to reduce risks were necessary.

When type 1 or type 2 diabetes are present in the human body the potential for complications occurs, particularly if the condition is badly managed and blood sugar levels regularly fluctuate. If uncontrolled these complications can become extremely serious, and include heart problems, kidney disease, eye problems (retinopathy) and nerve problems (neuropathy.)
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