Top researchers have found a link between cardiovascular disease and diabetes. According to the CDC, 610,000 Americans die every year from heart disease. This means that is 1 out of every 4 Americans will die from a heart attack or stroke. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. While all 30 million American diabetics have an increased risk for developing heart disease, it is even higher for those with Type II Diabetes.

Cardiovascular Disease Connected to Diabetes and Higher Death Rates

Not everyone who has a stroke or heart attack experiences death. However, those who have diabetes are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association states that “65% of people with diabetes will die from some sort of heart disease or stroke.” That means that over 19.5 million Americans who have Type II Diabetes will eventually die from a heart problem. Additionally. for people with Type II Diabetes, heart disease is the leading cause of death.

Factors That Contribute to Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is connected to diabetes because people with Type II Diabetes usually have conditions that contribute to the disease. The American Heart Association warns that these conditions (usually found in diabetics) lead to heart disease:

-hypertension
-abnormal cholesterol and high triglycerides
-obesity
-low activity levels
-high blood sugar levels

Take Steps Towards a Healthier You

At Complete Care Health Centers, we want the best for our patients. That is why we have providers, such as Laurel Okorofsky MS, PA-C, who specialize in getting patients back to normal blood sugar levels. We know that diabetes puts you at risk for developing cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death for Americans. Call our clinic at 541-773-9772 and make an appointment. It may reduce your risk for developing cardiovascular disease.