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Fri Apr 05 14:37:45 EDT 2013

Can type2 diabetes affect my heart? changes by the admin
Asked By: khaled  
Category: Type 2

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I was diagnosed with type2 diabetes 3 years ago and i am worried if it will affect my heart.. changes by the admin
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2014-05-15 14:59:27.0

Hello,

Thanks for asking dLife.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among people with diabetes. Chronic high blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia) can cause the arteries to narrow and/or lose their elasticity. High blood cholesterol levels can clog arteries with fat deposits.

With reduced blood flow (and less oxygen the blood carries), the heart muscle suffers damage or tissue death (i.e., infarction). Although people with diabetes are at a higher risk for developing heart disease, optimal blood glucose control can prevent or delay this disease.

Read about diabetes and heart disease.

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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