Is diabetes a sign or symptom of heart disease?
Consultant Cardiologist Joban Sehmi speaks about diabetes as a sign of heart disease.
If you have diabetes, this may be a sign that you are at increased risk of heart disease, and in particular furring up or narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the heart and the blood vessels that are in the neck and supply the brain.
Heart disease is the number one killer of patients with diabetes, and if you have diabetes, the chance of having heart disease is twice as much as someone without diabetes.
In the UK, there are approximately four million people with diabetes, of which half a million are undiagnosed, so the burden is tremendous. Moreover, there are about 530 people every week who will succumb to a heart attack who are diabetic.
I strongly urge you to take our heart disease online self-test to assess your risk of developing heart disease in the future. It will take you less than five minutes and will give you a good idea if you are at increased risk and whether or not you need to see a specialist.