Health Tips | Type 2 Diabetes
Q: I was just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and told that it increases my risk of cardiovascular disease. What is the relationship between diabetes and heart disease?
A: Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) is the leading cause of diabetes-related death. People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease due to a variety of risk factors, including high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, elevated blood glucose, and smoking. People with diabetes may avoid or delay heart disease by controlling the risk factors, especially blood glucose levels. Even moderate weight loss can improve blood glucose levels, reduce blood pressure, and lower cholesterol, thus reducing the risk for cardiovascular disease.