How do other factors such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure affect me if I have diabetes?

Big impact. Having diabetes increases your risk for heart disease by itself, and high cholesterol magnifies that risk. Diabetes also increases your risk of developing kidney failure, and HTN as well as high cholesterol increase this risk too. Diabetics must do everything they can to keep blood pressure below 135/75, and LDL cholesterol under 100, or maybe under 70.
Prevent complication. Poorly controlled diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol have all been associated with the development of the complications of diabetes including heart disease, but also neuropathy (nerve damage), retinopathy (eye damage), & nephropathy (kidney damage); therefore, controlling all three of these risk factors is essential as we strive to prevent these diabetes-related complications.
WHAMY! As mentioned before diabetes is a disease that affects the blood vessels. Since diets rich in fats/calories causeweight gain, Insulin resisitance and hardening of the vessels, cholesterol deposits and therfore high blood pressure, the 3 are seen in conjunction and the 3 respond to lifestyle changes.
Significantly! Because diabetic patients are at increased risk for developing heart disease, control of high cholesterol and high blood pressure (risk factors for heart disease) is very important.
Syndrome X. These 3 factors together, which I call the trifecta, when uncontrolled, can lead precipitously to plaque formation in the heart and brain, therefore leading to premature heart and vascaulr disease. If left uncontrolled, you'll have these diseases at an accelerated rate.
Increases Risk. As a diabetic, even with great blood sugar control, there is a significantly increased risk for heart disease and stroke. It would be recommended to appropriately manage both cholesterol and blood pressure as these factors do increase your risk of further health problems. Also, proper exercise and diet with avoidance of tobacco are very important as well.
Absolutely. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of heart disease and stroke. Because the risk of heart disease is so high in diabetes, the major goal of care is to control and reduce every risk factor possible. High blood pressure and high cholesterol are also major contributing risk factors, and in diabetes they are managed much more aggressively since the combination is so dangerous.
Increase Heart Risk. Diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are all independant risk factors for heart disease and stroke. When seen together, they impact risk in more than an additive way, such that someone with diabetes and high blood pressure or high cholesterol is at much greater risk than any single risk factor. Also, when one is present there is increased likelyhood of finding another risk factor.
Be careful. Diabetes is a major risk factor for the development of coronary (heart) artery disease. As such, we treat all coronary risk factors, such as cholesterol and blood pressure, very aggressively in patients with diabetes. This approach will reduce your risk of future heart attacks and strokes. Best of luck!
More than diabetes. Diabetes is a syndrome manifested in multiple metabolic arenas, and the responses from my colleagues are very good. But please keep in mind that optimal treatment of lipids with statins and optimal blood pressure control by a variety of agents may be more important than tight control of the blood sugar as far as reducing diabetic mortality and morbidity, which is dominantly cardiovascular.
Increased risk. Patients who have diabetes along with high cholesterol and high blood pressure have the increased risk of developing the long term complications of diabetes. The goal is to keep hemoglobin A1c below 7.0 (shoot for 6.5) blood pressure as near normal as possible (< 130/80) and bad cholesterol (ldl) below <70. If you are able to meet these goals you risk of complications is much lower.
Increased risk. Your diabetes by itself puts tou at higher risk for cardiovascular disease (such as heart attacks and stroke. By managing yout cholesterol and blood pressure, you help lower this risk. High blood pressure also increases your risk of diabetic kidney disease.
Affects risk of CVD. Elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure increases your risk of getting a cardiovascular event. Look up framingham risk score. This method takes into consideration age, gender, cholesterol, smoking, blood pressure, diabetes, presence of peripheral vascular disease. It calculates your risk of cardiovascular disease in the next 10 yeara and gives your estimated vascualr age.
Multiplicitve. These conditions, which do tend to appear together in given individuals, all contribute to the development of vascular diseases - heart disease, stroke and peripheral artery disease of the legs. Having them all at the same time makes these complications much more likely.