People with diabetes are at increased risk for coronary heart disease (CHD). Lowering cholesterol levels can reduce the risk for heart attacks in all patients – especially those with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that adult patients with diabetes should be tested each year to determine their “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and “good” cholesterol (HDL) values. You need to get a blood test to check your cholesterol levels.
This measure shows the percentage of patients with diabetes in each practice who received a cholesterol test. A higher number is better.
Why it is important
There are two types of cholesterol: good and bad. “Bad cholesterol,” or LDL, can build up and block the flow of blood through your body. This can cause a heart attack or stroke.
What you and your doctor should do
Your doctor should order a blood test to check your cholesterol level, which you must do after fasting overnight. Your doctor should talk to you about the results. If your “bad cholesterol” is too high, talk about what you can do to lower it. This may include using medicine in addition to diet and exercise.
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