Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death among patients with diabetes but it doesn’t have to be, according to a statement recently released by the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association.
Published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, this statement summarized the latest evidence on heart disease prevention in patients with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes, affecting nearly 28 million adults in the United States. Diabetes can nearly double an individual’s risk of developing heart disease, but there are many steps patients can take to reduce their cardiovascular risk.
That’s why in 1999, the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association released guidelines about the prevention of heart disease in diabetic patients. Written by a team of experts, this statement summarized what we know about diabetes and heart disease prevention based on research findings. It also provided recommendations for patients and clinicians regarding treatment and lifestyle choices to reduce cardiovascular risk.
But since the last update in 2007, we have an even better understanding of heart disease prevention in patients with type 2 diabetes. Here’s what every patient should know about the latest updates: