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.
If you take medicine for high blood sugar, you might benefit from cholesterol lowering medicines called statins, such as atorvastatin, lovastatin or simvastatin. Diabetes damages arteries and makes them targets for hardening, increasing the likelihood forhigh blood pressure and other heart and circulation problems. According to the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, statins can help prevent heart attacks and strokes. Your doctor will know what’s best for you. Have a discussion about the drugs you are taking and how you are taking them to make sure everything is still safe. Please talk to your doctor about adding a statin to your current drug therapy if you’re currently not taking one. At Humana, we strive to be your lifetime partner in reaching good health. Humana: live life fully.
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:
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.
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.
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.
For more about managing diabetes, visit the Humana Diabetes resources page.
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