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Understanding heart disease and its relation to type 2 diabetes may help you have a more meaningful conversation with your doctor.
Heart disease is a group of conditions that can affect the structure and functions of the heart and its blood vessels. It occurs when the heart, or the blood vessels supplying blood to the heart, have been damaged.
Diabetes puts you at greater risk of heart disease and stroke, which are two of the most common causes of death from type 2 diabetes.
2–4x more likely to develop heart disease than people without diabetes
May develop heart disease 15 years earlier compared to people without diabetes
Over 3x more likely to be hospitalized for heart health problems
1 in 2 people with type 2 diabetes dies due to heart disease
Proper management of type 2 diabetes may help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes complications such as heart disease.
There are also medications available in Canada that are indicated, along with diet and exercise, to reduce the risk of dying from events related to the heart or blood vessels if you have type 2 diabetes and a history of heart disease. Talk to your doctor for more information about these treatment options.