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.
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.
The same things that make diabetes a serious condition can also lead to heart disease or make it worse.
Diabetes also increases your risk for kidney damage. If you have signs of kidney damage, you may also have a higher risk for heart disease. Kidney damage shares many of the risk factors for heart disease (such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar).
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:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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