Reducing Your Risk of Heart Disease When You Have Diabetes
Diabetes can cause damage to the heart and blood vessels. If you have diabetes, managing your blood glucose levels, along with reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, are important steps in treating diabetes.
Millions of Americans are affected by diabetes, a serious, chronic condition with high blood glucose levels associated with numerous health complications, including cardiovascular disease. Diabetes is easy to diagnose by testing blood glucose levels. Although there is no cure, early detection, appropriate treatment, education, and a healthy lifestyle can help you avoid or delay diabetes-related complications.
CVD is the leading cause of death in the United States and the is primary reason for heart attacks and strokes. It is also a common complication associated with diabetes. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), people with diabetes are 2-4 times more likely to have CVD than the general population. Diabetes significantly increases the risk of heart attack or stroke compared to the general population.
Last reviewedMay 2014by Michael Woods, MD
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