Diabetes

Statins' expanding reach falls short among women, minorities

Statins' expanding reach falls short among women, minorities

Use of cholesterol-lowering statin medications in the United States rocketed upward 80% in the decade between 2002 and 2013. But new research suggests that the drugs shown to prevent heart attacks and strokes remain underused, especially among women, ethnic minorities and the uninsured. 

Close to 40 million American adults over 40 took statin medications in 2013, up from about 22 million individuals in 2002, says a study published Monday in JAMA Cardiology. Even as the percentage of over-40 Americans taking a statin rose from 18% to 28%, the growing availability of generic...

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