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Statins and diabetes mellitus progression: a fly in the ointment?

Statins might exert diabetogenic effects, potentially increasing insulin resistance and worsening glucose control. However, patients with diabetes mellitus are at high or very high cardiovascular risk and, thus, statin use is strongly recommended. Adding ezetimibe to statins might be helpful in achieving lipid targets and reducing cardiovascular risk without adversely affecting glucose metabolism.

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N.K. has given talks, attended conferences and participated in trials sponsored by Astra Zeneca, Bausch Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, Elpen, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Sanofi, Servier, Viatris and Vianex. D.P.M. has given talks, acted as a consultant or attended conferences sponsored by Amgen and Novo Nordisk.

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Katsiki, N., Mikhailidis, D.P. Statins and diabetes mellitus progression: a fly in the ointment?. Nat Rev Endocrinol 18, 137–138 (2022).

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