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The Lipids in Diabetes Study (LDS) was a prospective, randomised, placebo-controlled, clinical outcome trial which commenced recruitment in April 1999. The principal objective of the trial was to determine whether lipid reduction with a statin (cerivastatin) or a fibrate (fenofibrate) could substantially reduce cardiovascular related morbidity and mortality in subjects with type 2 diabetes (non-insulin dependent diabetes).


4191 people with type 2 diabetes but not known coronary heart disease (CHD) and who were not thought to require lipid lowering therapy were randomised to lipid-lowering therapy with cerivastatin (Lipobay) and fenofibrate (Lipantil) in a two-by-two factorial design in thirty UK clinical sites before cerivastatin was withdrawn. Secondary objectives were to assess the effects of the two study drugs on predefined major clinical events, progression of microalbuminuria, changes in digital electrocardiographic parameters and the lipid profile.