According to the American Diabetes Association, individuals with diabetes are approximately twice as likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke than others. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death for individuals with diabetes.
“While these statistics may be shocking, it’s important to know that there are a lot of things you can do to maintain or improve your heart health,” says Lynne Garris, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono. “There are also symptoms you should be aware of and seek immediate care for if you experience them.”