TABLE 7.

Recommendations for Statin Treatment in People With Diabetes

AgeRisk factorsRecommended statin dose*Monitoring with lipid panel
<40 yearsNoneNoneAnnually or as needed to monitor for adherence
CVD risk factor(s)**Moderate or high
Overt CVD***High
40–75 yearsNoneModerateAs needed to monitor adherence
CVD risk factorsHigh
Overt CVDHigh
>75 yearsNoneModerateAs needed to monitor adherence
CVD risk factorsModerate or high
Overt CVDHigh
  • * In addition to lifestyle therapy.

  • ** CVD risk factors include LDL cholesterol ≥100 mg/dL (2.6 mmol/L), high blood pressure, smoking, and overweight and obesity.

  • *** Overt CVD includes those with previous cardiovascular events or acute coronary syndromes.