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Many people think diabetes and heart disease go hand in hand. But having diabetes doesn't have to mean that you are going to have a heart attack someday. Healthy living can help prevent many of the problems that come with both diabetes and heart disease.
For some people, diabetes can cause problems in your body that may lead to heart disease. Diabetes can make the problems of heart disease worse. Experts do not fully understand how diabetes affects the heart. Many things can lead to heart disease, including high blood sugar, insulin resistance, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. But lifestyle and genetics may also affect a person's risk.
But here's the good news: The good things you're doing to stay healthy with diabetes—eating healthy foods, quitting smoking, getting exercise and more—are also helping your heart.
When you have diabetes, your risk for heart disease is even higher if you have:
Managing your diabetes and keeping your heart healthy are two sides of the same coin. Here are some things you can do.
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Current as of: July 25, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
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