I have had type 1 diabetes since the age of 3. Recently I have I have come into contact with some other health problems such as high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. I am only 26 years old but I try my best to watch what I eat and exercise at least 3 times a week. My last A!C reading was 6.8 so I am doing well with my diabetes. Just not sure if these other problems are related to my diabetes and if it a common thing? Need some help please, thank you very much!

Dr. David Erani


Hypertension, or high blood pressure, does become more common as the duration of type 1 diabetes increases. Diabetic kidney disease is one factor which can contribute to this. I do not know whether this is a factor for you, but it is important to have blood and urine tests to look for signs of diabetic nephropathy – kidney disease. Diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol – especially LDL-cholesterol – are risk factors for heart attacks and strokes. Controlling blood pressure and LDL-cholesterol can limit the risk. It’s great that you eat in a healthy way and exercise regularly. Keep up the good work!

February 4, 2014 at 11:48 am