Experimental: Type 2 Diabetes group
All participants with type 2 diabetes will be given cholesterol-lowering medicine (evolocumab (PCSK9 inhibitor) plus atorvastatin (statin) or ezetimibe (zetia)) for 1 month with the same risk factors being measured following cholesterol reduction. They will be asked to undergo blood draw, to receive study medication, and to undergo additional optional vascular health testing including endothelial cell harvesting and glycocalyx (tongue probe).
Participants will be given up to 80 mg oral tablets daily for the entire study period preferably at the same time each day.
Other Name: Atorvastatin
Drug: PCSK9 inhibitor
Participants will receive 2 injections of 140 mg of PCSK9 inhibitor, one will be administered at baseline visit and the other will be self-administered 2 weeks later at home.
Drug: Ezetimibe 10mg
Participants who are not able to or not willing to take atorvastatin will be given 10 mg ezetimibe oral tablets daily for the entire study period preferably at the same time each day.
Other Name: Zetia
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