Why Does Diabetes Increase The Risk For Heart Disease

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Diabetes And Heart Disease — An Intimate Connection

By By Om P. Ganda, M.D., Director, Lipid Clinic, Joslin Diabetes Center A strong link between diabetes and heart disease is now well established. Studies from Joslin Diabetes Center several years ago showed a two- to threefold increase in the incidence of heart disease in patients with diabetes compared with those without diabetes who were being followed in the Framingham Heart Study. Women with diabetes have an even greater risk of heart disease compared with those of similar age who do not have diabetes. In fact, cardiovascular disease leading to heart attack or stroke is by far the leading cause of death in both men and women with diabetes. Another major component of cardiovascular disease is poor circulation in the legs, which contributes to a greatly increased risk of foot ulcers and amputations. Several advances in the treatment of heart disease over the past two decades have improved the chances of surviving a heart attack or stroke. However, as the incidence of diabetes steadily increases, so has the number of new cases of heart disease and cardiovascular complications. Unfortunately, in patients with diabetes, improvement in survival has been less than half as much as in t Continue reading >>

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    Statistics have shown that the leading causes of death among people with diabetes are heart disease and stroke. That is because people with diabetes often times have hypertension, elevated cholesterol, and they smoke and are obese. Anyone with diabetes in combination with one or more of these risk factors will increase the likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke. Evidence has also shown an increased inflammation of the arterial lining of patients with diabetes, a process that leads to heart disease.
    So what can you do to reduce the risk of having a heart disease?
    Keep your blood pressure under 120/80.
    Keep your blood sugar in a normal range and A1C less than 6.5 percent or 7 percent (check with your doctor).
    Keep your cholesterol in the healthy range, especially your LDL under 100.
    Follow a low-fat diet, especially fats that come from animal products such as bacon, skin of chicken, sausages. Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products.
    If you smoke, quit.

    If you are overweight or obese, start with losing 10 percent of your current weight.

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