How does having diabetes increase your risk of heart disease?
Consultant cardiologist Dr. Joban Sehmi reveals how diabetes may increase your risk of heart disease.
Patients with diabetes are unable to control the level of sugar within their blood.
This is a very significant issue because having high levels of sugar can damage the inner lining of the blood vessels that are found on the surface of the heart and any blood vessel within the body.
When the blood vessels are damaged, this leads to fat being deposited in the linings of the blood vessels. Over time this can increase and eventually the blood vessel can get blocked. If the blood vessels within the heart get blocked, this is the precursor for a heart attack.