Management of lipids in patients with diabetes




Mbue, Ngozi
Mbue, John E.
Anderson, Jane A.

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Key Points:

-- Lipid abnormalities in people with diabetes is a major contributing factor to cardiovascular risk in patients with type 2 diabetes.

-- Primary care practitioners are at the forefront of screening, diagnosing, and treating patients with diabetes and abnormal lipids to prevent cardiovascular risks and other comorbid chronic conditions.

-- Although low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) may be normal in some cases, there are benefits in lowering high levels of LDL-C in those with diabetes.

-- Treatment of abnormal lipids in those with diabetes is effective with combined nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic treatment measures.

-- With adequate training, support, and appropriate protocol, nurses are in a unique position to diagnose, treat, educate, and follow those with diabetes and abnormal lipids.


Article originally published in Nursing Clinics of North America, 52(4), 605–619. English. Published Online 2017.


Diabetes, Lipids, Nursing, Practice applications


This is a post-print version of an article that is available at: Recommended citation: Mbue, N. D., Mbue, J. E., & Anderson, J. A. (2017). Management of lipids in patients with diabetes. Nursing Clinics of North America, 52(4), 605–619. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.