Study: Cholesterol-lowering drugs could cause stroke in severely ill diabetics

07/21/2005 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

New findings show cholesterol-lowering statin drugs don't benefit patients with diabetes who use dialysis machines because of failing kidneys and instead could increase their risk of dying from a stroke, according to a new study. Research previously has shown the statin drug Lipitor to help less-severely ill diabetics, but the study showed such patients on the drug were twice as likely to die of stroke.

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