Lipid pattern of diabetes patients at Jos University teaching hospital, Jos
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to examine the pattern of total cholesterol, triglyceride, HDLcholesterol, and LDL-cholesterol in diabetic patients attending Jos university teaching hospital, Jos, in plateau central Nigeria. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-five diabetic subjects and 51 non diabetics were included in this study. Fasting plasma glucose and serum total Cholesterol, triglyceride, HDL – cholesterol were analyzed using standard procedures. The LDL-cholesterol was calculated using Friedewald’s formulae. RESULTS: Fasting plasma glucose and serum triglycerides were significantly Higher in diabetic subjects than control (p<0.05) in each case while HDL-cholesterol was significantly lower in diabetics and LDLCholesterol, significantly higher in diabetics compared to controls. CONCLUSION: This study shows that there is a serious need to monitor lipids in diabetics to avert possible complications.
Key words – Diabetics, Lipids, Complications.