People with diabetes have a higher lifetime risk of heart disease. You can lower this risk by:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Exercising
  • Taking medicines called statins to lower your cholesterol

Taking statins can lower the risk of having a heart attack or stroke by 25%. People with diabetes usually start taking statins at age 40 or older. Some people need higher doses of statins. They may even need to add other medicines to lower their cholesterol. This includes people who already have heart or blood vessel disease or have very high cholesterol (over 190 mg/dL). Your doctor can help you decide the best time to start taking statins.

Lower your cholesterol and lower your heart disease risk!