The Relationship Between Heart Disease and Diabetes
Diabetes is a condition in which the body is unable to produce or process adequate insulin, and patients often have difficulty controlling blood sugar and blood pressure. These factors significantly increase the risk of heart-related conditions later in life—in fact, people with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than those without the disease.
Though diabetes is treatable, individuals with diabetes—particularly type 2 diabetes—often have contributing conditions that increase the risk of heart disease. It isn’t uncommon for individuals with diabetes to also have high blood pressure (hypertension), which is a recognized major risk factor of heart disease. Patients with diabetes often exhibit abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels similar to those found in patients with premature heart disease. Fortunately, most of the risk factors for heart disease can be controlled by working closely with a diabetes specialist.
The team of Certified Diabetes Educators at Riverside Community Hospital has the background and resources to help patients with diabetes regain control over their health. To receive a physician referral, contact us at (951) 788-3000 today.