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Diabetes and Your Heart

Z20014 CardioSmart New Website Graphics_V2_DiabetesIf you have type 2 diabetes, you know that keeping an eye on your blood glucose (sugar) is an important part of managing the disease. But did you know that having diabetes also makes you more prone to having heart disease or a stroke?

It's true. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death among people with type 2 diabetes. Compared with those who don't have diabetes, women with the condition have about 4 times greater risk for heart disease, while men with the condition have about twice the risk.

So, in addition to watching and controlling your blood glucose, take steps to protect your heart health:

  • Ask questions
  • Know your risk of heart disease or stroke
  • Learn what you can do to stay healthy

If you or a loved one is living with diabetes, use this resource to learn more about the condition and how to manage your heart disease risk.

Living With Diabetes


There's plenty you can do to help keep diabetes in check while also slowing or preventing other health problems. Get some practical tips about controlling your weight, eating healthy, and staying active.

  • Last Edited 07/31/2018