Can Diabetes Cause Heart Disease?

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:

  • Obesity
  • 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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