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Cholesterol levels in DIABETIC patients

Posted by : Ameya Udyavar, 14 Nov 2011 07:23 AM
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On occasion on World Diabetes Day, Its necessary for all patients suffering from Diabetes to control their Cholesterol levels to prevent long term problems like heart attacks and strokes. So, how much should be your Cholesterol level if you are suffering from Diabetes? The lipids in your blood can be of different types. The bad cholesterol found in blood is called LDL CHOLESTEROL. One can know his level of LDL Cholesterol by doing a Complete Lipid level (blood test) after fasting for 10-12 hours. So, how much should your LDL CHOLESTEROL Levels be? ALL DIABETIC PATIENTS: LDL CHOLESTEROL SHOULD BE LESS THAN 100 MG/DL. DIABETIC PATIENTS WITH HEART ATTACKS OR CORONARY ARTERY BLOCKS: LDL CHOLESTEROL SHOULD BE LESS THAN 70 MG/DL. How can one achieve these LDL Cholesterol levels? Its difficult to achieve the above mentioned LDL Cholesterol levels by Diet and Exercise alone. So one needs to take Drugs called STATINS to reduce their bad LDL cholesterols. These drugs are safe and should be taken life long. They have been proven to prevent heart attacks, strokes and prevent fat deposition in the arteries. Some of the widely prescribed statins include Atorvastatin, Rosuvastatin and Simvostatin.
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