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If you suffer from diabetes, you are more than twice as likely to have heart disease and a diabetes heart attack as someone who does not have diabetes. People with diabetes are also more likely to exhibit symptoms of heart disease or a have a stroke at a younger age than other people.

Some studies have indicated that middle aged people with type 2 diabetes are as much at risk of suffering a heart attack as someone without diabetes who has already suffered one heart attack. Under normal circumstances, a woman who has not yet gone through the menopause is less likely to have heart disease than a man of the same age. However, women who have diabetes are more at risk of heart disease, no matter what their age, as diabetes negates the defences against heart disease that being a woman in her child-bearing years generally has.

Diabetics who have already suffered one heart attack are much more likely to have another one and additionally diabetes heart attacks are generally more severe and thus more likely to lead to the individual’s death. Consistently high blood glucose levels can result in a greater build up of fatty materials on the insides of the blood vessel walls ultimately affecting the blood flow and escalating the possibility of clogging and hardening of blood vessels.

While having diabetes itself increases the risk of having heart disease or a stroke, many diabetics have additional conditions that can also raise the possibility of heart disease and stroke. These conditions are known as risk factors. One of the risk factors for a diabetes heart attack or stroke is when close family members have also had a heart attack at an early age. If this is the case, the risk of you developing the same may increase.

Obviously you cannot alter whether your family has a history of heart disease but there are lots of practical ways you can minimize the other risk factors for heart disease detailed below.

People carrying additional abdominal fat are generally at increased risk of developing heart disease due to the fact that carrying extra weight around your waist can lead to the body producing increased amounts of LDL or bad cholesterol which can build up on the inside of blood vessel walls. If your waist measurement is over 40 inches for a man or 35 inches for a woman, then you are deemed to be carrying too much abdominal fat – also referred to as central obesity.

LDL cholesterol can be deposited on the insides of your blood vessels which eventually results the narrowing and hardening of your arteries (these are the blood vessels that transport blood from your heart to the remainder of your body). If your arteries become clogged, your chances of developing heart disease are increased.

HDL is good cholesterol which takes away the fatty build up from inside your blood vessels and carries them to your liver which then removes them. Low levels of HDL cholesterol can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

Having high blood pressure means that your heart has to work that much harder to pump blood around your body. This can put a strain on the heart; damage your blood vessels and raise the danger of having a diabetes heart attack; stroke; eye and kidney problems.

Smokers are almost twice as likely to develop heart disease and giving up smoking is particularly important for diabetics as both diabetes and smoking narrow blood vessels. Smoking also adds to the possibility of getting other continuing conditions such as eye problems. The blood vessels in your legs can also be damaged due to smoking which can in extreme cases lead to amputation.

Heart disease is a serious medical problem and should be dealt with in a serious manner. Do what you can to prevent it for a longer, fuller life. Our website has a vast amount of information on the heart and heart problems, so feel free to bookmark us. We are constantly adding new information.