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Health Question

Do I have an elevated risk for heart disease?

Answer From Expert

IHM Team 895 Likes

This question is a good way to get a conversation on the topic started, but you shouldn?t be surprised by the answer.?Patients who have diabetes but no heart disease have the same heart risk as somebody who?s already had a heart attack.? how high your risk for heart disease is depends on other factors besides just diabetes, including your blood pressure, blood lipid levels, weight, kidney health, family history, smoking status, and physical activity level.

Overall, adults who have diabetes are two to four times as likely to die from heart disease as those who don?t have diabetes, according to the American Heart Association. But this risk can be managed and reduced with the right treatments and lifestyle habits.