http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Cholestero ... ction.aspx
The government recommends that cholesterol levels should be less than 5mmol/L.
In the UK, two out of three adults have a total cholesterol level of 5mmol/L or above. On average, men in England have a cholesterol level of 5.5mmol/L and women have a level of 5.6mmol/L.
The UK population has one of the highest average cholesterol concentrations in the world.
You also need to consider all the other risk factors......it isn't just about Diabetes......
High cholesterol levels are as serious as high blood pressure, whether you are diabetic or non-diabetic.
There are those who think those sort of higher levels are fine, you will often read about 'The Great Cholesterol Con' or similar........your choice if you believe it all, bearing in mind the Author is trying to sell books ! Anything that is controversial is a good way to make money.
Me personally I have a TC level of 3.2, all other levels HDL/LDL etc are all within targets.......my choice.
As for Statin's there are those that say they are evil, have had major problems with at least one of them, usually Simvastatin, the cheapest of them all.....then there are those that say they are good, I am in the latter camp. Once I found a Statin that did not have any side effects all the problems I had on Simvastatin disappeared like magic. Only problem is that the one I am now on is £30+ per 28 days as opposed to Simvastatin at around couple of pounds for 28 days ! Cost has a huge bearing on what you get prescribed sometimes.
There is also the Statin Questions and Answers thread in Diabetes Medication and Drugs section