What’s the link between diabetes and heart disease?
People with diabetes are twice as likely as those without it to have a heart attack or stroke. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death for people with diabetes. Fortunately, by eating a healthy diet low in fat and sugar and staying active, you can control, delay, or even prevent diabetes.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that prevents the body from properly using glucose, the sugar that gives our bodies their main source of energy. As we eat, most of our food is broken down into glucose. After we digest our food, this glucose enters our bloodstreams, and a hormone called insulin helps our bodies to put it to good use for growth and energy. However, the bodies of people with diabetes don’t have enough insulin or don’t use insulin properly. As a result, they have too much sugar in their blood and can develop serious health problems