The diabetes-heart disease connection and what it means for you

The diabetes–heart disease connection and what it means for you

Understand the interactions between these two conditions.

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Exercise and a heart-healty diet lowers risks from both heart disease and diabetes.

Decades ago, data from the historic Framingham Heart Study revealed that
having diabetes significantly increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. In the intervening years, scientists have learned more about how the two deadly diseases interact. But the magnitude of the problem has expanded as well. Currently, two-thirds of people with diabetes eventually die of heart disease or stroke.

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