Quality of Care
Diabetes Care – Controlling High Cholesterol
*Note: 2014 non-VA average or VA average not available as of February 1st 2016 for this measure.
The graph above shows VA medical center scores compared with non-VA hospital scores for controlling high cholesterol in diabetic patients. The percentages represent the number of patients with diabetes who had normal cholesterol levels when last tested. For this measure, a higher percentage indicates a higher quality of care, with 100 percent being the target.
What is this measure?
Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) is a form of cholesterol normally found in the blood. When this amount of LDL-C in the blood is too high, it can negatively impact the cardiovascular health of an individual with diabetes.
What are we measuring? It is recommended that individuals between 18 and 75 years old with diabetes be tested for LDL-C levels at least once a year. The graph above shows the percentage of diabetics in this age range who had normal LDL-C levels (less than 100mg/dl) when last tested.
Why is this important?
LDL-C levels are especially important for people with diabetes. LDL-C is often called the "bad" cholesterol because high levels can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease and stroke. It is important to control levels of LDL-C in the blood to prevent further cardiovascular damage.