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Cholesterol meds for diabetics
srphunt posted:
I have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes this month. My Dr. put me on Metformin HCL and that, along with a dietary change, has brought my glucose count back to normal. Now my Dr. has proscribed Atorvastatin for cholesterol and Lisinopril for high blood pressure. My cholesterol count is normal as is my blood pressure. Are these new drugs commonly proscribed for diabetics?
mhall6252 responded:

Sorry you have the diagnosis, but welcome to this board. Lots of great ideas and help here!

Yes, it is quite normal for your doctor to prescribe a statin and a bp med. Diabetics typically have lower cholesterol goals than the "general" population, and the bp med is to help protect your kidneys. Your doctor is giving you good "standard of care."

Be sure to talk to your doctor about your glucose, cholesterol and bp targets. It will help you to understand all the "why's" for these meds.

Come back with any questions, and let us know how you are doing.

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NWSmom4g responded:
Lisinopril not only is given to treat high blood pressure, it it used to help prevent kidney damage in diabetics. That's probably why doc prescribed it for you.


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