Diabetes is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Learn more about heart disease (and stroke) here.

Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is common among people with diabetes. The term “cardiovascular disease” describes many conditions affecting circulation in the body: Heart disease results when blood circulating to the heart is slowed or stopped because of a blocked vessel Heart...

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People with type 2 diabetes are more than two times more likely than others to have an ischemic stroke. That’s not surprising when you consider that many of the risk factors for stroke and diabetes overlap: High blood pressure Obesity High cholesterol What are the...

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Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

More than half of all persons with diabetes have a condition called hypertension, defined as blood pressure higher than 140/90 mmHg. Left untreated, these patients can develop heart disease, stroke, retinopathy (eye disease), kidney disease, nerve damage, and even...

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Peripheral Vascular Disease (Leg Pain)

Do your legs ache when you walk but feel better when you stop to rest? Do you have painful ulcers on your feet? These are just a few symptoms of a condition known as “peripheral vascular disease.” Peripheral vascular disease occurs when a blood vessel somewhere in the...

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Dyslipidemia (High Cholesterol)

Have you ever been told that you have bad or unhealthy cholesterol levels? If so, your doctor might have used the term “dyslipidemia” to describe your condition. Dyslipidemia covers more than just bad cholesterol, however. It also describes an excess of triglycerides—...

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Statins: Medications to Treat High Cholesterol

Who? Statins are used to prevent heart attacks and strokes in persons with dyslipidemia (or high cholesterol). These medications are also used to prevent another heart attack in patients who have had one in the past. What? Oral tablet - Several types of statins are...

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Poll of the Month

Which celebrity did you NOT know has diabetes?