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What is a statin?

Used for diabetes and prevention of heart disease and stroke

Statins are a group of medicines that work to help lower your cholesterol, a factor in heart disease. They also have many other beneficial effects that work to help prevent heart disease.

Although there are other medicines available to treat high cholesterol, statins have been shown to work to prevent heart disease1. They are a cholesterol-reducing medicine used to help prevent you from having a heart attack or stroke. Some common names of statins are atorvastatin, simvastatin, rosuvastatin, pravastatin, and lovastatin.

Heart Attack Risk Assessment

You don't want your first sign of heart disease to be a heart attack. That's why it's so important to know what your risk may be for heart disease—the leading cause of death in this country for both men and women.

Answering the following questions can help you learn more about your risk for heart attack.

Note: This assessment is not intended to be a substitute for a visit with your healthcare provider.

Diabetes and heart disease

Diabetes is a disease where your body no longer makes enough or responds to insulin. Due to this, your body is unable to process blood sugar, which increases the chances of having:

  • High blood pressure
  • Blindness
  • Nerve damage

These changes in your body also put you at a greater risk for heart disease. Heart disease is a condition that can be caused by high cholesterol and high blood pressure, among other factors, that may result in heart attack and stroke.

Why you might take a statin

People with diabetes can often be at high-risk for heart disease.² For those who have heart disease, statins can help decrease the likelihood of some of the negative effects mentioned above, such as heart attacks or stroke.

If you have one or more of the following risks, you should talk to your doctor about whether adding a statin to your therapy might be right for you.

  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking

Learn more about statins

Statin medicines do have some possible drug/food interactions and other side effects.

If you keep a list of your medications including over-the-counter medications, medications ordered by your doctor(s), and/or dietary supplements with you, you can let your doctor know what you are taking and they can help you avoid any potential drug interactions. Failure to do so could lead to unwanted side effects.

If you have taken a statin before and experienced any side effects, let your doctor know. They may be able to switch you to another statin with a lower risk of side effects.

Humana resources:

For more about managing diabetes, visit the Humana Diabetes resources page.

Review the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guidelines for satin use in persons with cardiovascular disease (link opens in new window).

Prescription tools that may help you save on your medications.

Articles about statins*:

1Statin Medications & Heart Disease by the Cleveland Clinic (link opens in new window)

2American Diabetes Association Indications for Statins in Diabetes (link opens in new window)

How Statin Drugs Protect the Heart (link opens in new window)