Statin Medications being Underused with Diabetics
Statin medications are used in most cases to lower cholesterol levels and prevent cardiovascular disease, which type 2 diabetics are at a high risk of developing. The use of statins is highly recommended for diabetics. The use of statin medications is included in the general guidelines that doctors follow when treating and caring for diabetic patients. Some doctors show concern about the use of statins when their diabetic patient’s lipids are not within the normal range. However, research shows that regardless of the results of a patient’s lipids blood work results statins should be used in combination with the patient’s diabetic medication.
“The analysis included 125,464 patients with type 2 diabetes who were at least 25 years old. While 98% of the patients satisfied ADA eligibility standards for statin therapy, only 63% actually received a statin prescription.”
By including the use of statin medications, a diabetic has a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, which is a common disease that diabetics are prone too. Researchers question why eligible diabetics are being put at risk for diabetes related complications.