The link between diabetes and heart disease
Heart and vascular disease often go hand in hand with diabetes. People with diabetes are at a much greater risk for heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure. Unfortunately, many of the cardiovascular problems can start early in life and may go undetected for years.
Checking for diabetes
It is usual practice to check for both diabetes and heart disease (cardiovascular disease CVD) together since they have similar causes and healthy life style, that is - healthy eating and increased activity benefit the management of both heart and diabetes conditions.
What causes heart disease in people with diabetes?
In people with diabetes, the linings of the blood vessels may become thicker, making it more difficult for blood to flow through the vessels. When blood flow is restricted, heart problems or stroke can happen. Blood vessels can also suffer damage elsewhere in the body due to diabetes, leading to eye problems, kidney problems, and poor circulation to the legs and feet.