The Shocking Connection Between Diabetes and Heart Disease

Friday, February 23, 2018

Did you know…People with diabetes tend to develop heart disease at a younger age than people without diabetes? In adults with diabetes, the most common causes of death are heart disease and stroke.

We often think of each disease, like heart disease and diabetes, as being unrelated to one another and having separate origins and influences on our health. More and more we understand that diseases are very much interrelated.


The connection between diabetes and heart disease is high glucose. The Diabetes Council states, “In two words, the connection between diabetes and heart disease can be summed up related to ‘high glucose.’ It has often been said that diabetes is not the problem, and that it is the high glucose in the blood that is the problem. Indeed it is high glucose levels that cause more problems as the condition wreaks havoc throughout bodily organs. Blood vessels of all types and sizes get damaged from high glucose. From the tiniest blood vessel in the tips of your toes to the largest blood vessels in your heart, high blood glucose provides the connection between heart disease and diabetes.” It clogs and constricts the blood vessels and arteries, damaging them and limiting them causing high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Unchecked and unmanaged, this can lead to heart attacks and stroke. It is important to manage blood glucose if you have diabetes, along with high blood pressure and cholesterol as well to prevent heart disease.

Obesity is also a disease that often is associated with diabetes and heart disease. It contributes to a person developing high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and hardening of the arteries that leads to problems with the heart. We now see obesity, diabetes and heart disease as the trifecta effect on our health.

How can we manage our risks related to developing these diseases or limit the impact of diabetes, heart disease and obesity on our health? Diet and an overall healthy lifestyle is the answer. It has been proven that just by losing 5 – 10 pounds you can lower your blood pressure and your cholesterol.

Paying attention to what we eating, the amount we eat, and the number of times we eat during the day in order to loss weight and/or manage our weight is the basis for a healthier life. It fundamentally mitigates the risk factors for obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The good news is this is something we can control. It may not be easy but by changing our food environment we can profoundly influence our health and the impact these diseases have on our lives.

There are many resources to help you on your journey to a healthier you. Find a Diabetes Educator to work with and check out Livliga for healthy lifestyle tools to make preparing and serving up healthy, right-sized meals easy…and even enjoyable!

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