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Keeping your cholesterol and other blood fats, also called lipids, under control can help you prevent problems associated with diabetes. There are easy lifestyle changes that once made, can dramatically affect your cholesterol levels and your overall health. The impact of having stabilized blood glucose levels on cholesterol cannot be overlooked. As a diabetic with high cholesterol, it is imperative that you stabilize your sugars as best as possible.

There are different types of lipids in your blood and they play various roles and have unique impacts on your overall health.

LDL Cholesterol

LDL is often referred to as the bad cholesterol. This lipid can narrow or block your blood vessels. Blocked vessels can lead to a heart attack or a stroke. Reaching your LDL target is the most effective way to protect your heart and blood vessels.

HDL Cholesterol

HDL cholesterol is usually referred to as the good cholesterol. This lipid helps remove deposits from the insides of your blood vessels and keeps them from getting blocked.

Triglycerides are another kind of lipid. High triglyceride levels increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Diabetes and Cholesterol

Many people with diabetes also have problems with their cholesterol. Diabetics usually have an HDL that is too low and an LDL that contains particles that are unusually small and dense. This effect can have a negative impact on the blood vessels of diabetics. The combination of a low HDL cholesterol and compromised LDL can lead to serious complications for diabetics. Fortunately, with some basic lifestyle changes, diabetics can dramatically improve their cholesterol and reduce their risk for complications.

High Cholesterol Treatments

High Cholesterol can be treated with simple lifestyle changes and medications. Cholesterol treatment plans will vary by the person and can only be decided by a healthcare professional. Some things to expect in a high cholesterol treatment plan are: diet changes, daily activity, smoking cessation, alcohol intake reduction, medications, and other recommendations your doctor might have.

There are several types of medications available to treat high cholesterol. The medications your doctor prescribes you will depend on several factors. Remember the combination of lifestyle changes and medications can help improve your cholesterol and overall health.

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