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Medical News and Perspectives
August 10, 2005

Managing Lipid Levels in Diabetes Beneficial But Requires Clinical Judgment

JAMA. 2005;294(6):670. doi:10.1001/jama.294.6.670

San Diego—With cardiovascular disease as the principal complication in type 2 diabetes mellitus, it is not surprising that many physicians focus on aggressive modification of cardiovascular risk factors in their diabetic patients, including treating elevated lipid levels and hypertension. But at a symposium on lipid level targets for coronary heart disease in patients with diabetes, at the American Diabetes Association’s 65th Scientific Sessions here in June, Neil J. Stone, MD, professor of medicine at Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, cautioned that clinical judgment is important in deciding what medications to prescribe and when to prescribe them in this patient group.