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Having Diabetes. Medication for lowering LDL?

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I've gotten a couple of different answers in relation to my girlfriend who has type 1 diabetes. One answer said she should have LDL less than 100 and another stated less than 160 LDL. Which should she shoot for? Also, would a combination of a statin plus niacin help, that way she could take a lower dose, safer statin? How much can she expect high dose niacin to lower LDL?

Was also considering asking the doctor about a bile acid sequestration medication, would adding this do much to lower cholesterol in combination with the medication?

Posted Wed, 29 May 2013 in Cholesterol
Answered by Dr. Jorge Brenes-Salazar 32 minutes later

Thanks for your query on XXXXXXX

Diabetes, particularly type 1, is a tough chronic disease in which both long term good glucose control and lipid goals are known to reduce complications, particularly microvascular ones such as retinopathy, kidney disease and nerve damage. From several studies such as HPS we know that strict control of LDL pays a great bang for the buck; the current desired level is as close as 70 as we can.... as you well mentioned, most patients will need a very healthy diet, a strong statin or combination therapy to get there.

Niacin has proven again and again to be a failure to reduce bad cardiovascular outcomes, in trials such as AIM HIGH and HPS THRIVE... I do not recommend niacin to anyone currently on the basis of those trials. I would rather have my patient on a stronger statin such as rosuvastatin (definitely stronger than lovastatin). Finally, bile sequestrants are a good adjunct, but definitely as a second line of therapy if high dose statin does not get the LDL to goal; their side effect profile is more cumbersome and they are contraindicated if tryglicerides are high.

Hope this is helpful; wish you both the best health, blessings!

Dr Brenes Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic MN
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Follow-up: Having Diabetes. Medication for lowering LDL? 16 hours later
Thank you so much for your help. I'll close and rate
As soon as I get to a computer, I can't do it from the IPhone
Due to a glitch in the site.

Thank you,

Answered by Dr. Jorge Brenes-Salazar 4 hours later
Welcome XXXXXXX wish you both the best, blessings

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