Dr. Tom Colletti
Purpose: The purpose of this article is to review the role of statins in reducing cardiovascular risk in diabetic patients.
Method: A PubMed literature search was conducted with search terms HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, statins, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease. Eleven pertinent articles were retrieved for this clinical review.
Results: Studies show that prescribing statins for the prevention of cardiovascular disease is beneficial in patients with diabetes.
Conclusion: Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States1, thus prescribing statins for the prevention of cardiovascular disease is beneficial in patients with diabetes. Evidence reported in the CARDS study has been strong and proved to be beneficial and safe for diabetics even without hypercholesterolemia.
Roldan GT. Role of Statins in Decreasing Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetics. Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science. 2021; 3(4).
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