Heart Disease and Diabetes

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-09-21 11:33:40 -0500
Started 2010-02-23 09:00:45 -0600

Heart disease is common in people with diabetes. In fact, statistics from the American Heart Association estimate that heart disease and stroke are responsible for two-thirds to three-fourths of the deaths amongst those with diabetes.

While all people with diabetes have an increased chance of developing heart disease, the condition is more common in those with type 2 diabetes.

What Causes Heart Disease in People With Diabetes?
The most common cause of heart disease in a person with diabetes is hardening of the coronary arteries or atherosclerosis, which is a buildup of cholesterol in the blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrition to the heart.

This build up of cholesterol usually begins before the increase in blood sugars that occurs in type 2 diabetes. In other words, heart disease almost always has established itself prior to the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.

When the cholesterol plaques can break apart or rupture, it causes blood clots and blocks the blood vessel. This can lead to a heart attack. The same process can happen in all of the arteries in the body, resulting in lack of blood to the brain, causing a stroke or lack of blood to the feet, hands, or arms causing peripheral vascular disease.

The more health risks factors a person has for heart disease, the higher the chances that they will develop heart disease and even die from it. Just like anyone else, people with diabetes have an increased risk of dying from heart disease if they have more health risk factors. However, the probability of dying from heart disease is dramatically higher in a person with diabetes. So, while a person with one health risk factor, such as high blood pressure, may have a certain chance of dying from heart disease, a person with diabetes has double or even quadruple the risk of dying.

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2 replies

CaliKo 2010-09-21 11:33:40 -0500 Report

And that's why I keep taking my statin even though my numbers are very good now. Thanks for the reminder.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-23 20:03:32 -0600 Report

Wow Mays, so much info you have posted lately. It's scaring the crap out of me, but I guess that's a good thing, for it will kick my butt into gear even more. Sooo, I guess I owe you a thanks for all the facts.

:) Danni

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