How Diabetes Affects the Heart

©2007 Publications International, Ltd. At least half of patients with diabetes have hypertension,a leading cause of heart attacks.

There is no question that people with diabetes are more likely to have conditions that increase the risk of heart attacks. This article discusses these conditions — heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and peripheral artery disease — and their prevalence among diabetics. It also explains why diabetics are prone to certain risks, and what lifestyle changes diabetics can adopt to keep the heart healthy. We’ll get started on the next page with an overview of diabetes and heart disease.

For more information on diabetes and its effect on the heart, try the following links:


  • Diabetes and Heart Disease explains the relationship between these two conditions.
  • Diabetes Symptoms covers the diverse signs of the disease, from increased thirst and hunger to sudden weight loss.
  • To learn more about diabetes in general, including diagnosis, causes, symptoms, and treatment, visit our main Diabetes page.
  • For more information about heart disease in general, read How Heart Disease Works.
  • Discover practical tips for preventing heart disease at Home Remedies for Heart Disease.

This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Neither the Editors of Consumer Guide (R), Publications International, Ltd., the author nor publisher take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained in this information. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader must seek the advice of their physician or other health care provider.


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