Diabetes Complications

What is the connection between heart disease and diabetes?

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  • AStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered
    Diabetes doubles your risks for heart disease and stroke, according to the National Institutes of Health. Having diabetes also means you may develop these problems at a younger age. High blood sugar levels can lead to deposits of fat on the inside of blood vessel walls, increasing your chances of narrowed, hardened and/or clogged blood vessels. If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor about the best ways to lower your risks for heart disease.
  • Heart and vascular disease often go hand-in-hand with diabetes. Persons with diabetes are at a much greater risk for heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure. Other vascular problems due to diabetes include poor circulation to the legs and feet. Unfortunately, many of the cardiovascular problems can go undetected and can start early in life.

    Persons with diabetes often experience changes in the blood vessels that can lead to cardiovascular disease. In persons with diabetes, the linings of the blood vessels may become thicker, making it more difficult for blood to flow through the vessels. When blood flow is impaired, heart problems or stroke can occur. Blood vessels can also suffer damage elsewhere in the body due to diabetes, leading to eye problems, kidney problems, and poor circulation to the legs and feet that can lead to gangrene (tissue death), which may require amputation. 

  • ARonald Tamler, MD, Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism, answered on behalf of The Mount Sinai Health System
    What is the link between diabetes and heart disease?

    Diabetes can increase your risk of heart disease and heart attack. In this video, Ronald Tamler, MD, clinical director of the Mount Sinai Diabetes Center, discusses the connection between the two diseases.

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