Did you know you’re far more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than to lose a limb? The good news is there are steps you can take right now to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and improve your diabetes management at the same time.
Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke
“Just having diabetes multiplies the risk for heart disease sixfold and stroke fourfold,” says Francine Kaufman, M.D., head of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and author of Diabesity (Bantam, 2006). “When you have diabetes, your risk of a heart attack is as high as it is for a person without diabetes who’s had a heart attack.”
However, there’s hope: You can take steps to prevent a heart attack or stroke. Read on for more.