Diabetes and Your Heart:
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Understanding Diabetes

How does diabetes affect your health? Explore common causes and ways to lower your risks with this disease.

You and Your Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you have a lot to think about. You also have power over how you feel, and what you do, to keep your body as healthy as possible. 

Managing diabetes is hard work, but your efforts every day will make a big difference in how you feel, and for staying healthy.

Diabetes affects your whole body. This guide will help you understand how to manage your diabetes and reduce your risk for heart attack or stroke. It will also help your kidneys, eyes, ears, and nerves stay healthy.

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Your Risks for Heart Attack or Stroke

Because diabetes can affect your heart, brain, kidneys, and blood vessels, you are at a higher risk for having a heart attack or stroke than someone that doesn’t have diabetes.

If you smoke, have high blood pressure, or have high cholesterol, your risk for a heart attack or stroke is even higher.

Check off your risk factors

Take this quiz to learn if you are at risk for heart attack or stroke.

Diabetes Quiz

Your Risks for Heart Attack or Stroke​

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High blood pressure

High LDL cholesterol

High triglycerides

Overweight or obesity

Unhealthy eating

Low levels of activity

Diabetes, or high glucose

Poor sleep quality

Your Results

A Risk for Heart Attack or Stroke

There is no reason to panic, but you should call your health care team and report your symptoms.

Call 911 if you have any of these symptoms:

Keep using this tool to learn tips on how you can adjust your lifestyle in order to prevent heart attack or stroke.

Your Results

That’s Great News

If any of these symptoms start,
please contact your health care team.

Call 911 if you have any of these symptoms:

Keep using this tool to learn tips on how you can adjust your lifestyle in order to prevent heart attack or stroke.

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