Take Diabetes to Heart: Linking Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
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Take Diabetes to Heart: Linking Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

October 29, 2019

NARRATOR: Take diabetes to heart – linking diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Meet Michelle. Michelle enjoys spending time with her family,
and in her spare time she loves to cook and catch up on her favorite shows. She also has diabetes. And like many people with diabetes, she doesn’t
know there’s a link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease includes conditions
such as heart disease and stroke. If you have diabetes, you are more likely
to have risk factors associated with heart disease, including obesity, high blood pressure
or high cholesterol. These put you at risk for heart disease and
stroke. Over time, high blood glucose from diabetes
can damage your blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart. And adults with diabetes are nearly twice
as likely to die from heart disease or stroke as people without diabetes. But there’s good news for Michelle. She can take steps today to reduce her risk. And so can you. Here’s what you can do to protect your heart. Manage your diabetes ABCs: A1C, blood pressure,
and cholesterol levels. Ask your health care team what your goals
should be. Develop or maintain healthy lifestyle habits
and learn ways to manage stress. Take medicines as prescribed by your doctor. Stop smoking or using other tobacco products. With lifestyle changes and a treatment plan
from her health care team, Michelle can look forward to living a healthy life. And someone’s very happy about that. So, take diabetes to heart. Visit niddk.nih.gov for more information on
the link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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