Diabetes and your heart

There is a strong connection between diabetes and heart disease. If you are diabetic, you are at least twice as likely to suffer heart disease. People with diabetes also tend to develop heart disease at an earlier age than nondiabetics. That’s because high blood sugar over time can lead to increased fat deposits on the blood vessel walls. These deposits can increasing the chance of clogging and hardening of arteries.

Middle-aged adults with type 2 diabetes have the same chances of having heart attacks as non-diabetics who have already had heart attacks. Diabetics who have had one heart attack are at higher risk for a second one. And diabetic heart attacks are more serious and more likely to result in death.

What are the risk factors for diabetic heart disease?

Diabetes itself is a risk factor for heart disease. Many diabetics have other conditions that increase their chances of developing heart disease. These risk factors include having a family history of heart disease and other risk factors:

  • Central obesity (waist measurement of more than 40 inches for men and more than 35 inches for women) increases risk because abdominal fat can increase LDL (bad) cholesterol that can be deposited on the inside of blood vessel walls.
  • Abnormal cholesterol levels, including LDL, triglycerides and HDL (good cholesterol that removes fat deposits from inside your blood vessels).
  • High blood pressure, also called hypertension, forces your heart to work harder and can strain the heart muscle, damage blood vessels and increase heart attack risk, stroke, eye problems and kidney problems.
  • Smoking doubles your risk of getting heart disease.

If you are diabetic, Dr. Ola Akinboboye can help you avoid or prevent heart trouble. Call us at 718.949.9400 for help.

Avoid heart trouble with Dr. Ola’s help. If you live in Elmont, Jamaica, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, South Jamaica or Rosedale in Queens County, NY, call Queens Heart Institute at 718.949.9400 or use our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your comprehensive heart health consultation.