Yes. Diabetes is a major risk factor—in fact, 2/3 of people with diabetes die of some form of cardiovascular disease. However, with correct treatment and recommended lifestyle changes, many people with diabetes are able to prevent or delay the onset of complications.
If you have diabetes, get regular check-ups, control your weight and cholesterol, follow an exercise program, lower high blood pressure, and don't smoke. You should already be under the care of a doctor. If you think you have diabetes but are not sure, see your doctor for tests.
Learn more about the diabetes and heart disease connection.
Several tests in the past have been negative, but I'm diabetic and have symptoms. Should I have more tests? — response by Dr. Jorge Guttin
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