Diabetic? Then you should be prescribed statins, according to a paper in today's Lancet. Statins are drugs that can lower your cholesterol. As statins reduce the risk of death from heart attack by a third and almost 80 per cent of diabetics die from heart attacks or strokes you can see why this might be a good idea. Colin Baigent, who led the work at Oxford, said: 'These benefits are present in everyone who has diabetes who has been studied - irrespective of whether they have had a heart attack or stroke, their age or sex, and their cholesterol levels'. Researchers collated evidence from studies involving 90,000 people.