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Many With Diabetes Missing Out on Statins

2 in 5 middle-aged patients don't get the cholesterol-cutting drugs, despite recommendations to do so, study finds By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly all middle-aged patients with diabetes should be taking cholesterol-lowering statins, but cardiologists fail to prescribe these medications for 2 out of every 5 diabetics in their care, a new study finds.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

The data on statins in primary prevention of heart disease is rather pathetic. It is estimated that 100 people would have to take statins for a lifetime to prevent one heart attack death.  On the other hand, 12% of those same 100 people will have likely developed diabetes by taking statins.  That’s not a good trade-off in my opinion.

 

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