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6 Surprising Facts About Diabetes & Heart Disease

Author: Hassan S. Makki, D.O., FACC

Heart disease and type 2 diabetes are two of the most prevalent chronic health conditions in adult Americans. Many of my patients at Phoenix Heart Center have been diagnosed with both of these health problems. The good news is that heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes can be managed with the help of your physician.

6 Facts About Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease

  1. “Heart diseases and stroke are the 1 causes of death and disability among people with type 2 diabetes. In fact, at least 65 percent of people with diabetes die from some form of heart disease or stroke.” – American Heart Association
  2. “Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than adults without diabetes.” – American Heart Association
  3. “High blood glucose in adults with diabetes increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, angina, and coronary artery disease.” – National Diabetes Education Program
  4. “Smoking doubles the risk of heart disease in people with diabetes.” – National Diabetes Education Program
  5. “A large NIH-sponsored study, the Diabetes Prevention Program, and other studies have proven that modest weight reduction and a 30-minute exercise routine five days a week can reduce the development of type 2 diabetes over three years by more than 50 percent.” – Joslin Diabetes Center
  6. “Optimal control of LDL-cholesterol (the so-called ‘bad cholesterol’) and blood pressure can prevent adverse cardiovascular outcomes by 30 to 50 percent.” – Joslin Diabetes Center

You Have the Ability to Change Your Course.

As you can see from many of these facts, diabetes and heart disease can oftentimes be managed. Making lifestyle changes like dieting, exercise, and choosing not to smoke may prolong your lifespan and change your outcome. Are you concerned that you may be at risk for heart disease? Take our free assessment to have someone contact you about the results.

(Click to download my presentation on diabetes and heart disease.)

Schedule Your Appointment With a Phoenix Cardiologist

To schedule your appointment with a cardiologist at Phoenix Heart Center, call 602-234-0004. You can also view physician availability and schedule your appointment online.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.



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