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Diabetes Care - Measuring Cholesterol Levels

Diabetes Care – Measuring Cholesterol Levels graph: VA average 97 percent, non-VA average 84 percent
*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 cholesterol measurement in patients with diabetes. The percentages represent the number of patients with diabetes who had their cholesterol levels tested in the past year. 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 diabetic patients in this age range who had their LDL-C levels tested in the previous year.

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.

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