My husband, non-diabetic, was taking Red Yeast Rice for a year or more. His cholesterol did come down, but when we told his doc, the doc (who is quite knowledgeable in eastern methods) told us that the Red Yeast Rice IS a statin. Because it is a supplement it is not regulated by the FDA and the quality and standards of the Rice is only measured by the company who sells it. ( I am not in favor of supplement regulation by the FDA.) When you are dealing with an item that can have dangerous side effects it is not wise to take something that is not properly regulated. If you took 5mg. of a generic statin that would be about the same as Red Yeast Rice. But it would be the same each time you took it.