Diabetic Hyperlipidemia: High Cholesterol When You Have Diabetes

Written by Kamiah A. Walker

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 and Diabetes.

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

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:

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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