How Important Are Chlorestoral Levels

By Latest Reply 2010-09-20 13:19:14 -0500
Started 2008-12-04 08:38:18 -0600

I know this is important in heart issues and other problems, but what about diabetes. Does anyone know? Have not seen anything about this.

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John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-12-04 15:19:06 -0600 Report

Judy is right. It is important for everyone. Here is one reason why it can be extra important for people with diabetes. When your blood sugar runs high, the extra sugar likes to attach itself to other cells. That is actually what the A1c test looks at, how much the hemoblobin cells are glycated (or in other words, how much glucose has attached itself to the cell). Well this glycation process makes cells less flexible. Some of the cells that are most prone to glycation are the blood vessel cells.

So if you have high cholesterol clogging up your blood vessels and your blood vessel walls are already less flexible, the complications can come on faster and more severely.

Therefore, it is extra important for diabetics to monitor blood pressure and cholesterol.

2008-12-04 10:30:58 -0600 Report

Controlling blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar numbers are all an important part of Diabetes. If you read documentation regarding Diabetes you will find this information. Doctors tend to treat people with Diabetes as heart patients because of the damaging affects of high blood sugar. Also many Type 2 Diabetics have a condition called Metabolic Syndrome where they exhibit high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, and high blood sugar. Some Type 1 Diabetics develop this as they get older. So the bottom line is it's important for EVERYONE to keep their blood pressure and cholesterol under control in addition to their blood sugar.