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Diabetes

Having diabetes is now considered a risk factor for heart and circulatory disease. This is because people with diabetes are less efficient at processing blood fats like cholesterol and triglycerides.

Many people with diabetes share a common pattern of raised blood fats. This includes:

It is this distinctive pattern of dyslipidaemia (altered blood fats) that increases the risk of heart and circulatory disease in people with diabetes. People with symptoms of pre-diabetes often have the same pattern.

Recent guidelines recommend that all adults with diabetes should have their blood fats measured and cardiovascular risk assessed each year. Many people with diabetes are now routinely treated with a statin, especially if over the age of 40.

Find out if you might be at risk of type 2 diabetes 

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