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Updates in the Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Comorbid Dyslipidemia

An Increased Emphasis on Individual Risk Factors and Goals

Zachary T. Bloomgarden, MD, MACE, explains how setting treatment goals based on clinical guidelines can help physicians provide better care to their patients.

Zachary T. Bloomgarden, MD, MACE: We talked about lipid-lowering treatment and the notion that the idea of goals has recently been questioned. So, I certainly think that goals are a good way of treating cholesterol, but there are some controversies about that.
We use goals in treating all medical conditions. We use goals in treating blood pressure—we have to decide what the right blood pressure goal is for a given individual and then aim for that. We use goals in treating diabetes—we have to decide what the right A1C goal or fasting plasma glucose goal is for a given individual, and then stay with that. I’m completely in favor of the use of goals, as long as we do it in a rational fashion and apply it correctly.
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