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Medical News and Perspectives
May 26, 2004

Widespread Statin Use Recommended for Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

JAMA. 2004;291(20):2419-2420. doi:10.1001/jama.291.20.2419

Aggressive new guidelines from the American College of Physicians (ACP) that recommend widespread use of cholesterol-lowering statins to prevent cardiovascular disease in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus signal a shift from current guidelines that base treatment on target cholesterol levels.

The guidelines, published April 20 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, are the final product of a 3-year ACP initiative to address the high prevalence of type 2 diabetes. Previous recommendations focused on tight blood pressure control in patients with type 2 diabetes (Ann Intern Med. 2003;138:587-592).

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