What is cardiovascular disease?
Cardiovascular disease is an overarching term for any condition that effects the heart or blood vessels and can include: stroke, heart attack, and heart failure.
People with diabetes have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease which is caused by high blood sugar levels damaging blood vessels that can cause the conditions mentioned above.
Damage to the major blood vessels and capillaries can also lead to high blood pressure, hypertension and blood clots.
Preventing cardiovascular disease is relatively simple and is much like general diabetic upkeep. By not smoking, being active and eating healthily can help prevent cardiovascular problems.