Health: Stronger Links Between Diabetes and Heart Disease

Diabetes and Heart Disease are now showing a stronger link than ever. Studies have shown that 2/3 of people with diabetes eventually die of heart disease or stroke. This is because diabetes can cause chronic inflammation (a response from your immune system like the response to an allergic reaction) and high levels of blood sugar. These symptoms cause the walls of the arteries to deteriorate, increasing the chances of atherosclerosis. Increased glucose (sugar) also makes arteries more rigid, so they can’t expand effectively and increases the likelihood of blood clots. But what can you do? If you are diagnosed with Diabetes (and even if you aren’t), try to be physically active for 45 minutes to an hour, five times a week. Exercise not only strengthens your heart, but it also helps your body’s glucose management. Additionally, doctors can prescribe a variety of specific medications to control and regulate blood sugar.

Contributor: Suriya Sharma

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