J Korean Med Sci.  2010 Mar;25(3):387-392. 10.3346/jkms.2010.25.3.387.

Post-Prandial Lipid Levels for Assessing Target Goal Achievement in Type 2 Diabetic Patients Taking Statin

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Maryknoll Medical Center, Korea.
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Pusan Paik Hospital, Inje University, Busan, Korea. pjhdoc@chol.com
  • 3Molecular Therapy Lab, Paik Memorial Institute for Clinical Research, Inje University, Busan, Korea.


It is inconvenient to perform serum lipid analysis in fasting state in diabetic patients with drug treatment. In patients with statin treatment and Asian diet, it has not been clearly known whether non-fasting values could be used for the clinical decision making in diabetic patients. In this study, fasting and post-prandial plasma lipid profiles of hospitalized type 2 diabetic patients taking statin, were measured in whom standard diabetic breakfast in traditional Korean style were provided. In repeated-measures ANOVA, there were no significant differences among fasting, post-prandial 2 and 4 hr low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol values. When compared to fasting levels, both post-prandial 2 hr and 4 hr LDL cholesterol levels were misclassified as not achieved target goal only in 4% of patients. Post-prandial HDL cholesterol matched with fasting values in women, without exception. In conclusion, the fasting and post-prandial LDL and HDL cholesterol levels are not significantly different each other and can be used in the assessment of achieving target goal in type 2 diabetes taking statin after Korean diet.


Fasting; Postprandial Period; Lipid Goal; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2; Korean Diet

MeSH Terms

Cholesterol, HDL/*blood
Cholesterol, LDL/*blood
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2/*blood/drug therapy
Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors/*therapeutic use
Middle Aged
*Postprandial Period


  • Fig. 1 Changes in fasting and post-prandial 2- and 4-hr lipid values. (A) total cholesterol, (B) triglyceride, (C) LDL cholesterol, (D) HDL cholesterol. *P<0.05 compared to fasting value by repeated measure test.


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