Researchers ask whether statins cut heart disease risk in adolescents

A five-year international study will be set up to determine if giving statins and/or ACE inhibitors to adolescents could reduce their risk of developing heart and kidney disease in later life.

Statins and ACE inhibitors have been shown to help reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications in adults but no studies have yet been conducted on adolescents.

For the study, participants will be randomly split into four groups and will receive either statin and placebo, ACE inhibitor and placebo, both ACE inhibitor and statin, or placebo and placebo.

The study will be funded by Diabetes UK, The British Heart Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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