Yes but actually Daniel - how high is YOUR risk (not the average diabetic bloke - I mean YOU specifically) for a CVD?
WELL controlled diabetics aren't in the same high-risk category as POORLY controlled ones. So that lowers your risk anyway.
However at my age, if I had NEVER smoked and didn't have diabetes - according to the NHS Q-risk calculator I would still have about a 15% chance now, of a CVD within 10 years (when I'd be 76) which increases to 33.6% just for diabetes, and if you stick the smoking back in, increases to 44%, I do not actually see how taking a statin could possibly reduce my real risk( - and the damage that I do know that I have already done to my arteries, since I actually already have intermittent claudication!) - by MORE than if I had never smoked a fag in my life.
I therefore can only conclude - even if I wanted to believe it in the first place - that it's rubbish!