Preventing Diabetic Heart and Blood Vessel Complications
Risk factors for atherosclerosis
Risk factors for hypertension
Diabetes and these risk factors
Diabetes contributes to the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) because it increases the buildup of plaque. The best way to prevent hardening of your arteries is to address all risk factors. Controlling your blood sugar levels as much as possible will also help prevent the acceleration of atherosclerosis.
High blood pressure increases your risk for stroke and atherosclerosis. You can lower blood pressure with lifestyle changes and medicine.
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