Diabetes Standards of Care and Resources for Clinicians and Educators
Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality for people with diabetes. Statin therapy lowers LDL cholesterol levels and results in significant ASCVD risk reduction in adults with diabetes. Lifestyle intervention, including nutrition therapy, increased physical activity, weight loss, and smoking cessation can offer significant benefit in managing lipids and decreasing ASCVD risk. Use of a patient-centered shared decision making strategy is important when developing a comprehensive treatment plan to improve cardiovascular health.