If you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, there is a good chance you may also have high cholesterol, high blood pressure along with high blood glucose—also known as blood sugar. You are also likely to be overweight or obese.
All of these factors put you at an increased risk of developing heart disease and other diabetes-related complications. Adults with diabetes have heart-disease-related death rates about two to four times higher than adults without diabetes. A history of heart disease in your family also increases your risk.
While you can’t change the fact that diabetes or heart disease runs in your family, there are ways to ward off the damage. Careful monitoring of blood cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight is the first step.