Q&A: What's The Link Between Diabetes and Your Heart?

Q: What is the connection between diabetes and heart and blood vessel diseases?

A: The connection is huge. It is said that diabetes is a cardiovascular disease. But lots of people haven’t realized it yet. They worry more about diabetes affecting their eyesight and kidneys. Yes, that can happen. But the fact is that people with diabetes suffer and die much more from heart and blood vessel disease. That’s the real issue.

This is the key reason there’s been a big change in the focus of diabetes management. It’s no longer just about glucose control. It’s at least — if not more — important for people to focus on controlling blood pressure and blood lipids, particularly LDL cholesterol. By the time someone gets diagnosed with diabetes, he or she may have already been living with serious risk factors for heart and blood vessel disease for years.