Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level and statin use among Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes mellitus.

Journal Article

At the time of this study, guidelines recommended a primary goal of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level less than 100 mg/dL for all patients, an optional goal of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol less than 70 mg/dL for patients with overt cardiovascular disease and statins for patients with diabetes and overt cardiovascular disease and patients 40 years and older with diabetes and at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. This study examined statin use and achievement of lipid goals among 111,730 Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries 65 years and older in 2011. Three-quarters of patients met the low-density lipoprotein cholesterol goal of less than 100 mg/dL. Patients with cardiovascular disease were more likely to meet the goal than those without, not controlling for other differences. Patients on a statin were more likely to meet the goal. There is considerable opportunity for improvement in cholesterol management in high-risk patients with diabetes mellitus.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Qualls, LG; Hammill, BG; Maciejewski, ML; Curtis, LH; Jones, WS

Published Date

  • May 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 244 - 246

PubMed ID

  • 26802221

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1752-8984

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1479-1641

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1479164115620980

Language

  • eng