Because diabetes and heart disease are linked, treatment plans for diabetes shouldn't focus only on controlling blood sugar levels. Treatment must address other cardiovascular risk factors, too. This approach might include:
If you have heart disease but haven't been screened for type 2 diabetes, ask to be tested. Many people with heart disease also have diabetes, but they often remain undiagnosed.
The sooner you know, the sooner you can take steps to lower your risk. Many people have prediabetes, an early warning sign for diabetes. At this stage, they can make changes to help prevent the onset of the disease.