Does Diabetes Increase My Risk for Heart Disease?

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Diabetes is a major cause for cardiovascular disease and when we see that, we know a patient is at high risk regardless of their other risk factors, so whether they've even had a stroke or a heart attack already. So the diabetes if it's not diagnosed, I always run a test to check to see if a patient has diabetes or even pre-diabetes and get to work right away to try to see if it can be prevented, if they are in the pre-diabetes range or if not if it can be well controlled with medications, and a very specific diet and lifestyle.