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From the UK:

Can you tell me whether it is safe for a person with diabetes to take [a brand of a prescription medication] to reduce cholesterol?


The brief answer is yes.

The risk of people with diabetes of having cardiac and vascular complications from atherosclerosis, a process that is aggravated by high cholesterol levels (treated by various prescription medications) is much higher than for most non-diabetic folks, and it's considered more important to force the cholesterol levels down (see lipidhealth for more information). Hence my conclusion: If your physician feels comfortable writing a prescription for you to take a lipid-lowering medication, and you have both diabetes and high cholesterol, it's probably much safer to take it, than not take it!


Original posting 21 Aug 2000
Posted to Other Medications and Complications


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