Tags: Diabetes | Heart Disease | heart disease | diabetes | link

Heart Disease and Diabetes: A Hidden Link?

By    |   Monday, 01 Aug 2016 04:29 PM

Diabetes causes health conditions that increase the risk of heart disease. This makes it a little more difficult for patients who are managing the effects of diabetes to also avoid the hazards that could damage the heart.

Diabetics are at least twice as likely to have heart disease as those who don’t have diabetes, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Heart attacks are more serious for diabetics and are more likely to cause death.

ALERT: 5 Signs Your Heart Is In Trouble

Research indicates that at least 68 percent of diabetics age 65 or older die from some form of heart disease, the American Heart Association reports.

The high glucose levels caused by diabetes over time can increase fatty deposits in the blood vessel walls, affecting blood flow and clogging the arteries. This can lead to hardening of the arteries, known as atherosclerosis, which leads to heart disease.

Additionally, insulin resistance has been linked to high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease. Having diabetes and high blood pressure may double the risk of getting heart disease.

Diabetes also affects cholesterol levels. Many diabetics suffer from high levels of LDL, the “bad” cholesterol that clogs the arteries, and low levels of HDL, the “good” cholesterol that flushes harmful cholesterol from the arteries. High triglycerides, fats in the blood, are also associated with diabetes.

URGENT: Coronary Heart Disease: 5 Tips to Reduce Your Risk

Diabetics may face problems of obesity, which has been linked to insulin resistance.

The good news is that diabetes is a controllable risk factor of heart disease, the American Heart Association notes. Diabetics can pay close attention to maintaining healthy glucose levels and exercise regularly to help with weight loss and cardiovascular health. Getting regular physical activity, from sports to gardening, at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week helps with weight management.

A heart-healthy diet plays an important role in preventing heart disease for diabetics, explains Health. Adding plenty of whole grains, cereals, fruits, and vegetables to meals aids the heart. Limiting saturated fats and avoiding processed foods are also part of a healthy diet for diabetics and everyone else.

Patients with diabetes are advised to have their cholesterol levels checked at least once a year.

SPECIAL: Top Cardiologist: What I learned From 40,000 Heart Procedures

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
FastFeatures
Diabetes causes health conditions that increase the risk of heart disease. This makes it a little more difficult for patients who are managing the effects of diabetes to also avoid the hazards that could damage the heart.
heart disease, diabetes, link
394
2016-29-01
Monday, 01 Aug 2016 04:29 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved