Why are people with Diabetes more at risk for heart problems?

Adults with diabetes are more likely to have certain risk factors that increase the chances of having heart problems, such as high cholesterol or Cardiovascular Disease (CVD).

There are certain factors that may contribute to the increased risk of developing heart problems. Read more to learn about these conditions.

Abnormal cholesterol and triglycerides
People with diabetes tend to have abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Diabetes raises triglyceride levels and lowers cholesterol levels, which increases the risk for heart problems.

High blood pressure

High blood pressure has been a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Having both high blood pressure and diabetes doubles the risk for cardiovascular disease.

Obesity & Lack of Exercise

Obesity is a major risk factor that has been associated with many health problems, including cardiovascular disease. Exercise can help to reduce weight and promote a healthy heart.
What you can do

Living with Type 2 Diabetes is tough, but it shouldn’t control you. Develop a healthy lifestyle by preparing healthy food recipes that are good for your body. Exercise moderately at least 150 minutes a week to promote a healthy heart. Manage your blood pressure by researching your family history and checking your blood pressure periodically.

Get involved

Bandera Family Health Care Research has devoted efforts into research of Type 2 Diabetes in relation to heart problems. Learn more at https://bfhc.wpengine.com/studies/#!/study/13