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​Diabetes tends to lower ‘good’ cholesterol: Here’s how to control cholesterol if you are diabetic​

“Heart disease depends upon many risk factors. In these risk factors are like blood pressure, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, lack of exercise, etc. So whether a patient will have heart disease or not depends upon the number of risk factors he has. So if a patient has one risk factor, let us say his chance of developing heart disease is for example 10% but If he has two risk factors, then the chance exponentially increases. So it is 1 + 1 is not two, but equivalent to 11,” explains Dr. Sanjeev Chaudhary, Director – Cardiology, Marengo Asia Hospitals Gurugram.

So if a person already has diabetes, which is a very prominent risk factor for developing heart disease, it’s most important that he controls his cholesterol very clearly and diligently because a combination of high cholesterol and diabetes is dangerous than either of them taken alone. So in a patient who is a diabetic, which is considered a very likely precursor of coronary artery disease, it is important that at least the cholesterol is managed very, very properly and should be done very diligently so that the risk factor, risk of developing heart disease remains to the minimum.

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