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Abnormal levels of fats (lipids) in the blood are twice as
common in people with
type 2 diabetes as in people who do not have the
insulin resistance, and high levels of insulin cause
several lipid abnormalities.
The combination of low HDL and high LDL puts people who have
diabetes at higher risk for
macrovascular disease. These cholesterol abnormalities
can improve with good control of blood sugar levels.
Regular exercise and weight loss can improve your cholesterol levels. Lack of exercise is linked with higher triglycerides and lower HDL cholesterol. Taking
medicines called statins can further reduce the level of LDL.
July 1, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jennifer Hone, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
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