Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes
Diabetes is a major risk factor for heart disease and strokes. However, the risk can be minimized by controlling your blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol,and quitting smoking.
The Diabetes Center of Excellence recommends that you discuss with your healthcare team about high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol, elevated LDL cholesterol, as well as excess weight or obesity.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), high blood glucose levels gradually damage nerves and blood vessels. Women living with diabetes are up to five times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than women who do not have diabetes. African-American and Hispanic women have the highest incidence of diabetes and consequently the highest risk of stroke or cardiovascular complications.