Management of Lipids in Patients with Diabetes

Nurs Clin North Am. 2017 Dec;52(4):605-619. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2017.07.009.


Abnormal lipids, sometimes referred to as diabetes dyslipidemia, is a common condition in patients with diabetes. With the increasing number of patients with abnormal lipids, especially those with type 2 diabetes, health care practitioners, including nurses, have to properly manage patients with diabetes as well as abnormal lipids. This article examines the pathophysiology of abnormal lipids, the management of abnormal lipids, and the lipid goals for patients with diabetes. Lastly, this article discusses pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapies and the role of primary care providers and nurses in the management of abnormal lipids.

Keywords: Diabetes; Lipids; Nursing; Practice applications.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Coronary Artery Disease / prevention & control
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / drug therapy
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / nursing*
  • Disease Management*
  • Humans
  • Hyperlipidemias / complications
  • Hyperlipidemias / drug therapy*
  • Hyperlipidemias / nursing*
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / administration & dosage
  • Hypolipidemic Agents / administration & dosage
  • Risk Factors


  • Hypoglycemic Agents
  • Hypolipidemic Agents