Patients with diabetes are at extremely high risk for cardiovascular disease. Because glucose control is associated with the only modest reduction in macrovascular complications, efforts must be made to specifically target other cardiovascular risk factors. Diabetes is associated with a characteristic lipid profile: low high-density protein cholesterol (HDL-C) and high triglyceride levels with or without high low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels. This profile is also found in patients with early onset coronary heart disease and correlates with increased atherogenesis. Multiple clinical trials have demonstrated that lipid-modifying therapy in patients with diabetes decreases cardiovascular risk. Management targeting all lipid abnormalities may represent the best treatment strategy since many patients with diabetes do not have elevated LDL-C levels. Combining lipid-modifying agents is also an attractive option for normalizing multiple lipid abnormalities.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||20|
|State||Published - Aug 1 2003|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pharmacology (medical)