A new study shows that cholesterol-lowering statins are good for diabetics. Although statins are considered to be effective in lowering the cholesterol levels of diabetics only 3 out of 5 patients, receive this kind of medicine.
Other prior studies demonstrate that diabetics who take statin medicine show a lower risk of stroke and heart attack. Even the people with no history of heart problems show the same results.
Salim Virani is the cardiologist that conducted the study. The associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine also said that every diabetic should take this type of drugs.
This is not the case here because the analysis data received from 204 cardiology practices in the United States show that around 38 percent of diabetics have not been getting the statins medicine.
The former president of the American Heart Association(AHA), Doctor Robert Eckel, admitted that he didn’t expect the number of those not receiving the statins to be so high. He believed that the percentage was 15-20% not almost 40% as it is now.
The bigger problem is that the cholesterol-lowering statin medicine is prescribed randomly. The researchers showed that there is a 57 percent variation in the prescription of statin. This came even after accounting for the factors of the individual patient like age, race, gender, high cholesterol, tobacco use and insurance coverage.
This means that if two patients go to different cardiology practices, one of them has a 57% higher chance of getting the statin medicine that the other.
The problem with the statins pills is that they have many side effects like muscle pain and aches. This is why 5,722 patients were removed from the study by the doctors due to statin intolerance.
Salim Virani said that the side effect of the statin could be handled without the patient being taken off the drug completely.
Many patients don’t get the statin treatment because the doctors are more focused on treating the problem instead of reducing the future risk.
After the study was conducted more patients started to receive statin medicine.
“The good news is the trend is increasing, but it’s not as exponential as we’d like to see it,” Eckel said. “It’s a gradual upward slope, in terms of patients receiving statins.”
This is a great accomplishment for the researchers. This study was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Did you receive Cholesterol-lowering statins medicine? What effect do you think it has on the diabetics?
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