Statins Cut Heart Risk in Diabetics Under 40
A new study suggests that people under the age of 40 who are at increased risk for heart disease, including patients with type 1 diabetes, may benefit from using statin drugs.
According to the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, the 10-year risk for heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular event in people with type 1 diabetes between the ages of 30 and 39 is about 7 percent, while the risk for those 40 to 44 is about 13 percent. The current standard for statin therapy is a 10-year heart risk assessment of 7.5 percent.
Statins, which are used to lower blood levels of cholesterol and reduce cardiovascular risks, are recommended for most people with diabetes over the age of 40. More research is needed to better identify younger patients who may benefit from taking statins.
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