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Nurses reminded over diabetes cholesterol check

Healthcare professionals have been warned that the majority of people with diabetes are taking insufficient steps to control their cholesterol levels, according to new figures from Diabetes UK.

In total, 91.6% of people with diabetes in England are now undergoing the annual cholesterol check, National Diabetes Audit data revealed.

However, this figure is not leading to improved outcomes for a large percentage of people with diabetes, with nearly 60% falling short of their cholesterol targets.

The charity has urged people with diabetes to take the annual cholesterol check seriously and called on healthcare professionals to help those with the condition take the necessary steps to reduce their levels.

Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes increase the risk of heart disease when compared to the rest of the population - with 44% of deaths of people with type 1 attributable to cardiovascular disease, with the figure rising to 52% of people with type 2.

People with type 2 diabetes are also twice as likely to suffer a stroke during the initial five years after being diagnosed with the condition.

Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: “Once poor cholesterol control is identified, the healthcare professional and the patient should work together to bring it under control. This should involve a personal target that will significantly reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease and it is also important to explain exactly why unhealthy cholesterol levels are so dangerous for someone with diabetes.”

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