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Statins are medicines that help with your cholesterol. Cholesterol is a type of fat in your blood. If you have too much of this fat, it can build up in blood vessels. This raises your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
Many people with diabetes take statins. Diabetes can cause problems in your body that may also lead to heart disease. That means your risks of heart attack and stroke are higher when you have diabetes. Statins can lower your risk.
Your doctor may prescribe a statin if:
Statins may help people with diabetes at other ages or with certain health conditions too. Your doctor can help you decide if statins may help you.
Here are some examples of statins. For each item in the list, the generic name is first, followed by any brand names.
This is not a complete list of statins.
Some people who take statins report that they have more muscle aches. But it's not clear whether these are actually a side effect of statins. Most side effects will go away if you stop taking the medicine. You may have other side effects not described here. Check the information that comes with your medicine.
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Current as of: September 7, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & David C.W. Lau MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
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