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Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

The high blood glucose caused by diabetes can damage the heart and blood vessels. The longer a person has diabetes the more likely they are to develop heart disease. Diabetes patients are twice as likely to die from heart disease compared to healthy people.

National institute of diabetes & digestive & kidney diseases

There is a link between diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Diabetes patients are more likely to die from heart disease or stroke compared to patients without diabetes.

People of Afro-Caribbean origin are more likely to develop heart disease. Here is some useful advice from the British Heart Foundation specifically for Afro-Caribbean people.

You can reduce your risk of heart disease by significantly improving your diet, and becoming more physically active.

Contact your GP to assess your risk of heart disease. In addition to lifestyle changes your GP may recommend medication.

Given the increased risk of mortality from heart disease and stroke in BAME diabetes patients, it is important to engage regularly with your GP, to assess your risk and understand how to manage the risk.

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