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Lipid Disorders in Diabetes: MCQ Challenge

M3 India Newsdesk Mar 26, 2024

Test your knowledge on managing dyslipidemia in diabetic patients with this concise MCQ article. Assess your understanding of statin therapy, LDL-C goals, monitoring, and treatment escalation.

A 55-year-old woman with a 10-year history of type 2 diabetes mellitus presents for a routine checkup. Her blood pressure is 130/85 mmHg, and she has no history of smoking. Her most recent HbA1c was 8.2%. Her lipid profile reveals:

  • Total Cholesterol: 220 mg/dL
  • LDL-C: 150 mg/dL
  • HDL-C: 45 mg/dL
  • Triglycerides: 200 mg/dL


Diabetes and Lipid Disorders

1. Considering the patient's lipid profile, which of the following is the most appropriate next step in her management?

2. If the patient starts statin therapy, what is the primary goal for LDL-C reduction?

3. When following up with this patient on her statin therapy, which of the following lab values would be most important to monitor?

4. The patient asks you about the potential side effects of statin therapy. What is the most common side effect you would advise her about?

5. One year later, the patient's LDL-C remains at 130 mg/dL despite optimal adherence to statin therapy. What is the MOST appropriate next step in her management?

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