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Simvastatin reduced mortality and vascular events in diabetes mellitus
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 Q In patients with diabetes mellitus, does simvastatin reduce vascular events?

Clinical impact ratings GP/FP/Primary care ★★★★★★☆ IM/Ambulatory care ★★★★★★★ Cardiology ★★★★★★☆ Endocrine ★★★★★★☆

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randomised placebo controlled trial.

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{concealed*}.

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blinded {participants, clinicians, data collectors, and outcome assessors}.*

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mean 4.8 years of follow up.

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{69 UK hospitals}.

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5963 patients who were 40–80 years of age (mean age 62 y, 70% men); had non-fasting blood total cholesterol levels ⩾3.5 mmol/l; and had a medical history of diabetes mellitus, coronary heart disease, occlusive disease of non-coronary arteries, or treated hypertension (if also male and ⩾65 y of age). Exclusion criteria included indications or contraindications for statin therapy; myocardial infarction, stroke, or admission for angina in the previous 6 months; chronic liver disease; severe renal disease; and life threatening conditions other than vascular disease or diabetes.

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