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 percent of patients with diabetes in each practice who had “bad cholesterol” or “LDL” in the controlled range. A higher score for this measure is better. Controlled cholesterol is generally considered as an LDL less than 100.
Why it is important
When “bad cholesterol,” or LDL, is too high, it 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
The results of your blood test let you and your doctor know if your “bad cholesterol” is too high. If it is, work together to develop a plan of care that will work well in controlling your LDL levels. This may include using medicine in addition to diet and exercise.
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