One of the most frequent complications of diabetes is heart disease.

Heart attacks and stroke are by far the most frequent cause of premature death with patients in diabetes. However, prevention strategies are proving to be hugely successful.

Diabetes UK states that people with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease due to a variety of risk factors including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Lipid disorders
  • High LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • Low HDL (good ) cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Lack of physical exercise
  • Poorly controlled blood sugars (too high) or out of range.

In addition to the medications you have been prescribed, studies have also demonstrated that diet and exercise in combination with your treatments lowers the risk of heart disease.

Giving up smoking will help prevent any further plaque build up in the arteries which is the cause of coronary heart disease.

Following a diet high in fibre, fruit and vegetables and low in saturated fat will aid weight loss and reduces the incidence of heart disease.

Exercising daily even if it is a walk to the shops will diminish the bad fats and encourage the good cholesterol.

All these things in combination with your prescribed medication which control your blood pressureblood sugar and cholesterol, will help you reduce the possibility of heart disease.