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P1136 Women and Heart Disease

Chapter 3: Diabetes and heart disease When you have diabetes, your body doesn’t produce insulin (a hormone that controls blood sugar) or your body doesn’t respond to its own insulin. Either way, your body has trouble regulating blood sugar. High blood sugar levels play a role in the development of heart disease. Diabetes and heart disease have other common risk factors, such as a sedentary lifestyle and being overweight. Lack of exercise and obesity can lead to insulin resistance and diabetes. They can also lead to high blood pressure, unhealthy arteries, and heart disease. Diabetes can increase blood cholesterol and triglycerides. A buildup of fatty deposits in arteries can then lead to heart disease. Women with diabetes are more likely to have heart attacks, and are twice as likely as women without diabetes to die of some form of cardiovascular disease. PLAY VIDEO Understanding Type 2 Diabetes 30


P1136 Women and Heart Disease
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