Type 2 Diabetes Increases Risk for Heart Disease
If you have type 2 diabetes, you probably know about potential complications such as blindness, kidney disease, and amputations.1 But there’s another important, life- threatening complication that you may not know about: Type 2 diabetes puts you at a higher risk for heart disease.2 And with Valentine’s Day on the way, it’s extra important to pay special attention to your heart—not just for love, but for health.
As someone who studies the treatment of type 2 diabetes, I’m very familiar with the impact these kinds of complications can have. An estimated 29 million Americans have type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.3 These people are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease (heart and blood vessel problems) than people without diabetes.4 Despite recent medical advances, about two-thirds of people with type 2 diabetes still die from cardiovascular disease, making it their leading cause of death.5 The reason? Diabetes can damage the heart and blood vessels, often in combination with other frequent conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, that can leave blood vessels prone to injury and plaque build-up.4
Not knowing is risky
Recently, a new national survey revealed that more than half of adults (52%) with type 2 diabetes do not understand that they face a higher risk of heart disease and related life- threatening events such as heart attack, stroke, or even death.6 Not knowing the problem makes it difficult to take action.
That’s exactly what happened to Malcolm, someone I met r Continue reading