Coronary artery disease is the most common cause of death in patients with type 2 diabetes.
If a heart attack occurs, the risk of death is much higher for the person with diabetes than those with normal glucose levels. Someone with diabetes who suffers a heart attack has a 40% chance of dying from it compared to a person with healthy glucose levels who has a 15% chance of dying. Within 5 years after the heart attack – the mortality rate is 80% for the person with diabetes and 25% for a person with normal glucose levels.
If you have diabetes plus any of the other factors below – your risk of heart disease is even higher:
Fat around your middle (spare tyre)
High blood pressure
Abnormal blood fats (cholesterol)
If you suffer from diabetes it is very important that you try and avoid being overweight, have your blood pressure monitored, and ask your GP for a cholesterol test. Changing to a healthy diet and regularly exercising will have a dramatic and positive effect on the above factors.
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