Fast Five Quiz: Type 2 Diabetes and Dyslipidemia

Anne L. Peters, MD; Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD


April 21, 2023

Owing to chronic hyperglycemia, patients with type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk for cardiovascular complications. In addition, many patients with type 2 diabetes also have other risk factors for CVDs, such as hypertension and hyperlipidemia. Thus, in addition to glycemic control and lifestyle modifications, vigorous cardiac risk reduction should be a priority in patients with type 2 diabetes.

International guidelines recommend that most patients with diabetes and hypertension be treated to a blood pressure < 130/80 mm Hg. Treatment of hypertension may include angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin-receptor blockers, thiazide diuretics, and calcium channel blockers.

According to the American Diabetes Association, primary prevention with statins and a target low-density lipoprotein (LDL) < 70 mg/dL is recommended for patients who are at high cardiovascular risk, especially those with one or more ASCVD risk factors.

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