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Diabetes and Heart Disease

People suffering from diabetes are more likely to get heart disease. When one has diabetes, the blood sugar level is often higher than it should be which can cause damage to many parts of the body, including blood vessels leading to heart disease and stroke. People with diabetes tend to have more "bad" (LDL) cholesterol and less "good" (HDL) cholesterol. The LDL overtime gets deposited inside blood vessels, where it gets attached to the walls of the vessels and interferes with blood flow.

People with diabetes can have two main types of heart disease:

  • Coronary artery disease (CAD): It happens when the arteries become narrow due to fatty deposits known as plaques. If a plaque suddenly ruptures, resulting in blockage, then it causes a heart attack.
  • Congestive heart failure: This is a chronic condition in which the heart loses the ability to pump blood effectively.
You can prevent Heart Disease by Managing Your Diabetes by
  • Controlling your blood sugar level.
  • Losing weight
  • Lowering your cholesterol level
  • Increasing your physical activity
  • Controlling your blood pressure
  • Quit smoking