Having diabetes means that there is too much sugar (glucose) in your blood. If blood sugar stays high for a long time, the inner lining of blood vessels may be damaged. This makes it easier for cholesterol to build up, forming plaques in the walls of the blood vessels that bring oxygen and nutrition to the heart or brain. Cholesterol plaques can break apart or rupture, causing blood clots and blocking the blood vessel. This can lead to chest pains (called angina), heart attack, or stroke. Diabetes can also weaken the heart muscle. This can cause heart failure, which means that the heart is not able to pump enough blood.
If you have diabetes:
Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions or fears you may have. Follow the treatment plan your provider prescribes. Here are some of the things you can do to lower your risk of heart disease: