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iVillage: 6 Ways You Can (and Can't) Control Cholesterol

Diabetes: Double Trouble

If you are managing diabetes, you’ll need to be careful managing your cholesterol as well. High blood sugar can increase bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and lower good cholesterol (HDL) levels. As a result, two out of three people with diabetes die of heart disease or stroke. This doesn’t need to be a foregone conclusion though. According to the American Heart Association, lowering your LDL levels can decrease your risk of cardiovascular complications by as much as 20 to 50 percent.

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