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.
Common statins include:
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.
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
Enter I337 in the search box to learn more about "Learning About Statins for People With Diabetes".
Current as of: July 25, 2018
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & David C. W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
©2006-2018 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Care instructions adapted under license by your healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.