Diabetes and Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among adults with diabetes.

If you have type 2 diabetes, you know that keeping an eye on your blood glucose (sugar) is an important part of managing the disease. But did you know that having diabetes also makes you more prone to having heart disease or a stroke?

It’s true. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death among people with type 2 diabetes. Compared with those who don’t have diabetes, women with the condition have about 4 times greater risk for heart disease, while men with the condition have about twice the risk

So, in addition to watching and controlling your blood glucose, take steps to protect your heart health:

  • Ask questions
  • Know your risk of heart disease or stroke
  • Learn what you can do to stay healthy

If you or a loved one is living with diabetes, use this resource to learn more about managing your heart disease risk.

Infographic: Diabetes and Heart Disease Risk

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