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