Diabetes Complications

Screening for Cholesterol

As someone with diabetes, your level of cholesterol should be tested once a year. To test your blood for cholesterol, a sample of blood will need to be take, usually via syringe from a vein on the inside of your elbow.

As someone with diabetes, they may also use the blood they collect to test for your HbA1c level.

Why do I need to be screened for cholesterol?

Cholesterol levels are linked with a higher risk of heart disease and strokes, which are generally more common in people with diabetes.

Will I need to prepare for the blood test?

You may be asked to not eat up to 12 hours before the test. This is a fasting blood test and prevents recently eaten food from over-influencing the test.

How will I get my cholesterol results?

The sample will be sent off for testing.

After a number of days, your healthcare team should be able to inform you of the results.

What if I have high cholesterol?

Treatment for high cholesterol involves lifestyle changes, with a particular focus on diet and exercise.

You may also be prescribed medication. The most common form of cholesterol lowering medication is a treatment called statins.

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