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Statin Therapy for Type 2’s Regardless of LDL Levels and CVD

Posted: Monday, March 13, 2006

 Dyslipidemia is a major cardiovascular (CV) risk factor in patients with type 2 diabetes, and it is characterized by elevated triglyceride levels, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels, and a preponderance of small, dense low-density lipoprotein (LDL) particles.

Subgroup analyses of clinical trial data suggest that treatment of the entire range of lipid abnormalities may reduce CV risk in this patient population. The 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors (statins) are the best therapy for LDL cholesterol reduction.

A number of statin trials have shown significant CV risk reduction through LDL cholesterol lowering in subgroups of patients with diabetes. The recently published Collaborative Atorvastatin Diabetes Study (CARDS), a placebo-controlled trial conducted solely in patients with type 2 diabetes, terminated 2 years earlier than its anticipated length owing to the significant reduction in number of CV events observed in patients randomized to receive low-dose atorvastatin versus placebo.

These results suggest that low-dose statin therapy with atorvastatin results in significant reduction of CV events in patients with type 2 diabetes without prior CVD or high LDL cholesterol levels. Based on this evidence, patients with type 2 diabetes may be candidates for statin therapy regardless of LDL cholesterol level and in the absence of a previous CV event.

Source: : Diabetes In Control:

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