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Diabetes and heart disease

The number of people with diabetes is growing. The likelihood of developing in particular type II diabetes goes up if you have relatives with the condition. It is also associated with having a higher body mass index (BMI) (greater than 27). If you have a family history, it is better to keep your BMI low as you get older. The lower the better, some have argued that between 23 and 25 is better.
The reason that diabetes affects the heart is that it makes the blood vessels, the coronary arteries more likely to develop atheroma (fatty deposits blocking up the arteries). This can lead to angina and is some cases an increased risk of heart attacks.
Prevention is better than cure. It is worth checking with your family doctor if you have diabetes by doing a simple blood test. It can also pick up impaired glucose tolerance which may be a forerunner of developing diabetes. If you have impaired glucose tolerance and are in the diet controlled diabetic group it is more important to keep your weight down. There is good evidence that reducing your weight can reduce the likelihood of developing diabetes or at least delay the onset.
1.Check your BMI.  BMI calculator
2.If you think you may be at risk of diabetes get it checked
3.Consider reducing your BMI by diet and exercise if you are at risk

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Diabetes causes high blood pressure and too much glucose in blood causes it thick that block blood circulation and causes heart attack.
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Diabetic cardiomyopathy is a disease that damages the structure and function of the heart and due to high sugar level it is difficult for heart to pump that causes heart attack.
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