Type 2 Diabetes

There’s no cure, but you can manage it or prevent it altogether.

JoAnne M. Foody, MD, FACC, CardioSmart Editor-in-Chief
Learn more about Type 2 Diabetes

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.

Type 2 Diabetes News & Events

Witnessing CPR Helps Reassure Family Members, Provides Closure

Apr 15, 2013

Researchers find that family members who observed CPR on their loved ones are significantly less likely to have post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. 

Money Motivates People to Lose Weight

Mar 10, 2013

Weight-loss programs with cash incentives and penalties yield better participation and greater weight loss than those without.

Despite Lifesaving Benefits, Fewer Women Than Men Get Cardiac Rehab

Mar 09, 2013
Women with coronary artery disease can improve their heart health and reduce their risk of dying from heart disease by attending cardiac rehabilitation.

Sitting Less Reduces Risk for Diabetes

Mar 07, 2013
Researchers have found that people with more sedentary time have poorer blood sugar control and higher cholesterol compared to those who are less sedentary, even after accounting for physical activity.

Belly Fat Increases Cardiovascular Risk

Mar 06, 2013
Do you have a healthy BMI? Where we carry weight may determine our health more accurately than our BMI suggests.

Do Financial Conflicts of Interest Impact Study Results?

Feb 21, 2013
According to a recent study, funding sources and conflicts of interest have no impact on the outcome of medical studies and trials.

Baby Boomers Less Healthy Than Previous Generation

Feb 19, 2013
A recent study finds baby boomers have higher rates of chronic disease, higher levels of disability and lower self-rated health than those born a generation prior.

Calcium Supplements May Increase Cardiovascular Risk in Men

Feb 19, 2013
While more research is needed, new findings show how calcium supplements could affect heart health in men.

CardioSmart Partners with Hospitals for National Heart Health Screening Day

Feb 14, 2013
CardioSmart is collaborating with hospitals nationwide to offer free heart health screenings to local residents.

American College of Cardiology Spotlights Heart Health Through Fashion

Feb 05, 2013
Live stream the Red Dress Collection Fashion Show and participate in other events for this national heart health awareness movement.
Spirit of the Heart

Spirit of the Heart—Helping Improve Your Community's Heart Health

Jan 29, 2013

Spirit of the Heart events offer heart disease screening and events in underserved communities.

Resources to Help You Compare Treatment Options

Nov 07, 2012
Guidance from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in making health decisions

Exercise and Diet Remain Important for Diabetes Prevention and Control

Oct 26, 2012

Study shows that lifestyle intervention improves weight, fitness, blood pressure, and cholesterol in adults with diabetes, but doesn’t reduce cardiovascular risk.

Legumes Improve Blood Sugar Control and Reduce Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetics

Oct 26, 2012

Patients with diabetes may want to think twice when choosing between whole wheat foods and legumes, like beans, chickpeas, and lentils.

Treating Prediabetes Can Prevent Full-Blown Diabetes

Jun 14, 2012

Researchers found that people achieving normal blood sugar levels, even for a short period of time, were significantly less likely to develop diabetes.

Minimizing Impact of Metabolic Syndrome and Pre-Diabetes

Minimizing Impact of Metabolic Syndrome and Pre-Diabetes

Feb 07, 2012
Learn how to prevent and even reverse certain risk factors for heart disease.

The Role of Physical Activity in the Maintenance of Type 2 Diabetes

May 04, 2011

Getting 150 minutes of exercise weekly improves blood sugar control in diabetics.

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