Type 2 diabetes can increase the risk of developing heart disease if the blood sugar condition is not controlled properly. If you have diabetes, how can you lower your risk of complications such as heart attacks and strokes?
Type 2 diabetes is when the level of sugar in the blood is too high. The condition is lifelong, meaning there is no cure, but there are ways it can be controlled to help sufferers live normal lives.
If not controlled properly, type 2 diabetes can lead to serious complications involving the heart, kidneys, eyes, nerves and feet.
Complications involving the heart include heart disease, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. This is because having high blood sugar levels for a period of time can cause damage to the blood vessels. This happens as if the body can’t use all the sugar properly, it sticks to the red blood cells and builds up in the blood. This build-up can block and damage the blood vessels carrying blood to and from the heart.
It’s therefore important to keep as close as possible to target HbA1c levels in order to protect the blood vessels and heart.
HbA1c refers to the average blood glucose levels for the last two to three months.