Fast Five Quiz: Type 2 Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease

Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD


April 24, 2023

Type 2 diabetes is often associated with lipid metabolism disorders, and these patients often have higher triglycerides and lower HDL cholesterol levels compared with individuals without diabetes. The AHA/ACC cholesterol guidelines recommend moderate-intensity statins for patients with diabetes who are aged 40-75 years regardless of their estimated 10-year ASCVD risk. High-intensity statins are recommended in patients with risk factors for or established CVD. According to the American Diabetes Association, primary prevention with statins and a target LDL cholesterol level of < 70 mg/dL is recommended for patients with ASCVD or at high cardiovascular risk.

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