Diabetes increases the risk for hypertension, atherosclerosis, coronary disease and stroke, particularly if your blood sugar levels are not controlled. In females with diabetes there is an increased risk for heart attacks or angina than males with diabetes.
- ♦ Having diabetes puts you at an increased risk of heart disease by 2 to 4 times more than those without diabetes.
- ♦ Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of mortality for diabetics
- ♦ High blood pressure, abnormal blood lipids and obesity, all risk factors for diabetes are also commonly found in patients with cardiovascular diseases.