Statins effective in diabetes-related heart disease

High-intensity statin therapy has for the first time been shown to halt the progress of diabetic atherosclerosis.

That’s according to findings from the SATURN study, which looked at over 1,000 patients with coronary heart disease who took either rosuvastatin 40mg or atorvastatin 80mg for two years.

Patients both with and without diabetes had significant regression of coronary atheroma as measured by percent atheroma volume (PAV).

The study is the first prospective evaluation of the effects of potent statin therapy on diabetic coronary atherosclerosis in humans, say the researchers, who include Professor Philip Barter from UNSW and research fellow Yu Kataoka from the University of Adelaide.

They say an important finding is that there was