How are diabetes and heart disease related?

Dr. Gendler discusses how diabetes and heart disease are related. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript. 



People with diabetes have a higher risk of having a heart attack, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Having diabetes makes you more than twice as likely to have a heart attack.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), people with diabetes have the same risk of having and dying from a heart attack as people who have already had a previous heart attack.

People with diabetes also tend to develop heart disease at an earlier age than people without diabetes, according to the NIH.

Having a family history of heart disease is something you can’t change, but if you have diabetes, the NIH recommends taking steps to reduce your other risk factors related to heart attacks. Those risk factors include:

  • Quit smoking
  • Reduce extra weight around the waist
  • Strive to have normal cholesterol levels
  • Work to reduce high blood pressure (hypertension)

For more information about how diabetes and heart attacks are related, talk with your doctor.

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