Diabetes Mellitus:  Lipids

 

General Background

Ask a patient what diabetes complication they fear the most and they may say "going blind" or "losing a leg." While these microvascular and neuropathic complications are severe, they pale behind the major complication of diabetes - Cardiovascular Disease, death from myocardial infarction or stroke. 

 

 
 
Cardiovascular Disease Accounts for:

>75% of diabetes related hospitalizations

80% of diabetic mortality

In addition:

50% of Type 2 diabetic patients have preexisting coronary artery disease