Health: Statins could lengthen life for diabetics

Anyone suffering from diabetes should be given cholesterol-lowering statins to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks, according to a study published in The Lancet – regardless of their existing risk. Eighty per cent of diabetes sufferers are estimated to die from cardiovascular disease. In a collaboration between units in Oxford, UK, and Sydney, Australia, the meta-analysis looked at 14 trials to explore the effects of lowering 'bad' LDL cholesterol with statin therapy. There was a nine per cent proportional reduction in mortality over 4.3 years and a 20 per cent proportional reduction in vascular events per unit of reduction in LDL. The researchers concluded: "Most people with diabetes should now be considered for statin therapy."

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