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Diabetes is a Major Risk Factor for Heart Disease and Strokes

The risk of cardiovascular disease for people living with diabetes can be minimized by controlling blood sugars, blood pressure, cholesterol and/or quitting smoking.

The UMass Memorial Diabetes Center of Excellence recommends working with your healthcare to address excess weight or obesity, low HDL cholesterol, elevated LDL cholesterol, and/or high blood pressure.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), high blood glucose levels gradually damage nerves and blood vessels. Women with diabetes are up to five times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than women without diabetes. African-American and Hispanic women have the highest incidence of diabetes, and consequently the highest risk of stroke or cardiovascular complications.

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