Diabetes (Type 2 Diabetes)

Sticking to your eating plan helps keep your blood sugar under control.

1 in 4 Americans with diabetes don't know they have it.

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When you have type 2 diabetes, your body does not use or make insulin the way it should. As a result, the amount of sugar (glucose) in your blood becomes too high. Over time, high blood glucose levels can start to damage the blood vessels in the heart, eyes, kidneys, brain, and other parts of your body.

Diabetes and heart disease can go hand in hand. That’s because many of the factors that lead to type 2 diabetes—high blood pressure, being overweight, eating a high-fat diet, smoking and not exercising regularly—also contribute to heart disease and vice versa. If you have diabetes, you are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or suffer a stroke than someone who doesn’t have the disease. That’s scary. If you have heart disease, you need to make sure you get your blood glucose checked regularly.

About one in three people with diabetes don’t know they have it. But it can do a number on your body. So, if you think you have diabetes or if it runs in your family, talk with your health care provider.

The good news? There’s plenty you can do to help keep diabetes in check while also slowing or preventing other health problems. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to learn about diabetes. Use this condition center to learn more about diabetes, create a list of questions to ask your health care provider and get practical tips.

Diabetes (Type 2 Diabetes) News & Events

Diet Soda and Sugary Drinks May Affect Lifespan, Study Finds

Sep 29, 2019
Two or more sodas a day shown to increase risk of death in nearly half a million Europeans.

Consumption of Plant-Based Proteins Could Add Years to Your Life

Sep 17, 2019

Study suggests that we eat plenty of plant-based foods, while limiting red and processed meat.

Not All Plant-Based Foods are Created Equal

Sep 13, 2019
Just because a food is vegetarian does not mean it promotes health and longevity. 

Study Questions Long-Term Heart Benefits of Tight Blood Sugar Control

Jun 21, 2019

Tight blood pressure control in military veterans study failed to reduce heart risks years after treatment.

Experts Provide Guidance on Managing Diabetes and Heart Failure

Jun 20, 2019

Treating diabetes and heart failure together should be handled differently than managing each condition alone.

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New Drug Proven Safe and Effective in Children with Type 2 Diabetes

May 22, 2019
Diabetes drug liraglutide is effective but carries some risk of side effects, shows clinical trial.

Screen Time and Inactivity on the Rise

May 22, 2019

Americans spend more time sitting in front of the TV or computer than ever before, despite known health risks.

New Sugar Labels to Prevent 1 Million Cases of Heart Disease and Diabetes

May 08, 2019

Highlighting added sugars for consumers will save both lives and money over the next 20 years.

Smartphone App Uses Picture of Fingertip to Detect Diabetes

Apr 25, 2019

Screening technology uses a phone’s camera and flashlight to identify poor blood flow.

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Smartphone App Helps Combat High Blood Pressure

Mar 12, 2019
A smartphone app for blood pressure monitoring shows promise in patients with diabetes.

Nuts May Lower Risk of Heart Disease and Death in Diabetics

Mar 11, 2019

A study of U.S. health professionals found significant benefit from eating five or more servings of nuts a week.

Coordinating Care for Patients with Heart Failure and Diabetes

Feb 07, 2019
Diabetes worsens outcomes for people with diastolic heart failure, highlighting the need for coordinated care. 

A New Tool Helps Predict Heart-Health Benefits from Diabetes Treatment

Jan 22, 2019
Risk prediction tool could aid patients in treatment decisions for type 2 diabetes.

Top CardioSmart News Articles of 2018

Dec 13, 2018

This year's most read patient summaries worth a second look.

Controlling Blood Sugar is Important for Heart Health

Oct 23, 2018
Managing blood sugar should be a key goal for patients with type 2 diabetes, explain experts.
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Study Questions Fish Oil and Daily Aspirin in Healthy Diabetic Adults

Sep 05, 2018

Recent findings fail to support use of fish oil supplements and low-dose aspirin to prevent heart disease in adults with diabetes.

Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Helps Prevent Dementia

Aug 27, 2018

French study finds that seven factors related to heart health could reduce risk for dementia and cognitive decline.

Children Should Avoid Diet Drinks, Advise Experts

Aug 15, 2018

Experts can’t say with certainty that artificially sweetened drinks are safe, based on a recent advisory from the American Heart Association.

African-Americans Face Lower Survival Rates After Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Aug 08, 2018
Black survivors of sudden cardiac arrest are less likely to live five more years compared to white survivors, study finds.

Health Literacy is Critical to Heart Disease Prevention

Jun 29, 2018
An American Heart Association statement addresses health literacy as a barrier to heart health. 

Loneliness is Bad for the Heart

Jun 29, 2018
A lack of social support is linked to poorer health outcomes in heart patients.

Understanding the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Obesity

May 03, 2018

Some of the health effects of childhood obesity are reversible with early weight loss, study finds.

Study Highlights Additional Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

Feb 06, 2018
Evidence shows that weight loss surgery improves diabetes management and heart health.

Moderate Exercise Reduces Risk of Death in Women

Dec 14, 2017
A study of more than 17,000 women links physical activity to a longer, healthier life.

Medication Adherence Remains Challenging for Heart Patients

Dec 12, 2017
Taking medication as directed is critical to improving outcomes.

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