Diabetes is the main risk factor for developing heart disease in the Unites States. In fact, there is a significant link between diabetes and both heart disease and stroke — heart disease and stroke strike people with diabetes almost twice as often as those without diabetes, and people with diabetes tend to develop heart disease at a younger age. But by managing your diabetes and its inherent conditions, you can help lower your chances of developing heart disease or suffering a stroke.
Christopher Wilson, MD, PhD, Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health specializes in cardiac metabolism and has additional training in the link between diabetes and heart disease, and how the disease impacts heart muscle. In this video he explains the importance of aggressively maintaining a healthy lifestyle if you have diabetes, what you need to know about the connection between diabetes and heart disease, and how adopting a healthy diet and regular exercise can help prevent or postpone the onset of heart disease.