If you're like most people, you may not know that diabetes and heart disease often go hand-in-hand.
Diabetes is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, including:
The ways in which diabetes affects cardiovascular health are complex. But we do know that high levels of sugar in the blood can, over time, damage the blood vessels and nerves. These changes can make your blood vessels stiff and narrowed. As a result, blood may not flow as easily to your heart, brain or body.
Unfortunately, by the time someone learns they have diabetes, changes or injuries to the large (macro) or small (micro) blood vessels in the body have often already started. Talking with your care team about these changes is important.
People with diabetes are also more apt to have other heart disease risk factors. For example: