Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure and Diabetes

2014 Diabetes Risk Survey

Two Minutes Could Save Your Life.

Find out if you are at risk for diabetes.
This brief diabetes-risk quiz is FREE and answers are provided to you instantly.

All participants will receive their score via email.

  1. Diabetes is a prevalent condition in our society. Please check all of your relationship types that have been affected: (Required)

  2. Describe your energy level over the last few months: (Required)

  3. How old are you? (Required)

  4. Have you experienced a weight change in the past 5 years? (Required)

  5. Which of the following BEST describes your state of mind? (Required)

  6. Are you currently experiencing any of these symptoms? (Please check all that apply.) (Required)

  7. To date, what efforts have you made to learn about diabetes? (Required)

  8. How concerned are you? (Required)

  9. Which of the following BEST describes you? (Required)

  10. Select the location nearest you: (Required)

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  1. Assessment

    We'll send you your FREE Diabetes Risk Score via email for your review. Please enter a valid email address or we won't be able to get your results to you.

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  2. Analyze

    If you have an elevated risk profile, PreDiabetes Centers will offer you a free, comprehensive prediabetes test. It's easy! Blood is collected at our Center by a phlebotomist. There is no cost to you whatsoever.

  3. Act

    If your score is elevated, PreDiabetes Centers can offer you a personalized program designed to help you avoid or delay the onset of diabetes.

Diabetes Risk: Hypertension and Unhealthy Cholesterol Are Linked

Person with diabetes checking blood pressure Diabetes is a complicated disease that damages many parts of the body. People with diabetes are more likely than people without diabetes to have unhealthy levels of cholesterol. They’re also more likely to have high blood pressure. Here’s why: If your blood pressure is high, you may have unhealthy cholesterol levels as well, which raises risk for type 2 diabetes.

High blood sugar levels causes problems and hurts many organs, including the liver’s ability to remove cholesterol from the blood. This leads to an increase in “bad” LDL cholesterol. People with diabetes also have increased levels of insulin, which adversely affects the number of cholesterol particles in the blood. High insulin levels will raise LDL cholesterol that form plaques in arteries, and lower the number of “good” HDL cholesterol that removes harmful LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream.

LDL cholesterol is “bad” because it accumulates in the walls of arteries, causing atherosclerosis. This narrowing of the arteries puts a heavier workload on the heart and can lead to a heart attack if a clot forms. Diabetes can also cause higher levels of triglycerides, another type of cholesterol that circulates in the blood.

Elevated levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides are regularly seen in people with insulin resistance, even before diabetes has fully developed, studies say.

Many people with diabetes develop high blood pressure, or hypertension. In fact, high blood pressure is an important risk factor for the development of many diabetes-related complications. This occurs because high levels of blood glucose can damage the capillaries, the smallest of blood vessels. The blood vessel walls thicken and become porous, and may leak blood. High blood sugars also cause blood vessels to become blocked, restricting the flow of blood.

If you have high blood pressure, or hypertension, the heart must work harder to pump blood, which strains the heart, further damages blood vessels, and increases risk of heart and stroke.