Many diabetics should be taking cholesterol-lowering statins, and yet many of the patients are never prescribed this medication, although it could greatly help their condition. Numerous previous studies have pointed out that diabetics benefit from taking statins as the medication lowers their risk of heart disease and stroke.
The analysis of data from 204 cardiology practices unveiled that at least 38 percent of diabetics are never prescribed statins.
The American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the American Diabetes Association all recommend that anyone over the age of 40 with diabetes be prescribed statins.
Although the study findings suggest there are not enough diabetics receiving life-saving statins, it did reveal that more diabetics today are receiving statins than before. This upward trend shows that more lives may be saved and that these individuals will have a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke.