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:
Common side effects include:
You may have other side effects not listed here. Check the information that comes with your medicine.
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Current as of: December 7, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& David C. W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
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