Patient Guide to Treating High Cholesterol and Diabetes

Diabetic Hyperlipidemia: Managing High Cholesterol When You Have Diabetes

People who have type 2 diabetes are at significantly higher risk of developing heart disease, and the most obvious sign is high blood cholesterol.

Diabetic hyperlipidemia sounds a bit intimidating, doesn’t it?  As we always do here on EndocrineWeb, we’re going to break down that concept for you, and that’s why we’ve put together this Patients’ Guide to Treating High Cholesterol in people who have been diagnosed with diabetes.

Diabetic hyperlipidemia is, in fact, having high cholesterol when you have diabetes.  The parts of the word hyperlipidemia break into:

  • hyper:  high
  • lipid: scientific term referring to fat, cholesterol, and fat-like substances in the body
  • emia:  in the blood

So all together, hyperlipidemia means that you have too many lipids, especially cholesterol, in your blood.  High cholesterol is dangerous for anyone, but as someone with type 2 diabetes, it’s particularly important that you get treatment for high cholesterol.

You’re probably aware that diabetes can come with a host of complications—if you don’t take good care of our blood glucose levels and overall health.  Cardiovascular complications are common in people with type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol can also harm your cardiovascular health.

Taking care of your high cholesterol will help lower your cardiovascular risk, so in this Patients’ Guide to Treating High Cholesterol and Diabetes, we’ll be covering:

  • cholesterol basics:  What is it?  What should your numbers be?  How often should you be tested?
  • cardiovascular risk in diabetes:  Why are you at an increased risk?  How does diabetes affect your cardiovascular health?
  • high cholesterol risk factors:  Should you be concerned about getting high cholesterol?
  • high cholesterol treatments when you have diabetes:  There are medications you can take to help bring down your cholesterol numbers.  Also, lifestyle changes are important.
  • eating well to manage cholesterol and diabetes:  This lifestyle change is so important that it got its own article.  Eating well when you have high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes is essential.  Learn what to eat and what to limit in order to take better care of your body.

Of course, if you’re concerned about your cholesterol levels and you have type 2 diabetes, talk to your doctor.  He or she will be able to answer any questions you have, as well as check your cholesterol levels and develop a treatment plan if necessary.

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