Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular risk

You may not be aware that, if you have type 2 diabetes, you are at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease than people without diabetes. Cardiovascular disease refers to all of the diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels.

Due to this increased risk, people with diabetes are 2–6 times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease compared to people without type 2 diabetes.

Get to the heart of T2D is a Novo Nordisk global initiative that focuses on raising awareness of this risk and providing tips to people with type 2 diabetes to help improve outcomes. If you have type 2 diabetes, it is important to take care of your heart health and type 2 diabetes, together. 

One of the first steps is learning more about type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk and how the two are related so that you can take any necessary steps to best manage both. This includes talking to your doctor about the current state of your type 2 diabetes to assess your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

If your type 2 diabetes is well controlled, then your risk for developing cardiovascular disease is reduced. Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong disease. Taking care of both your diabetes and cardiovascular health in the long-term involves eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and monitoring your blood glucose levels. 

Learn more about cardiovascular disease and what you can do to lower your risk if you have type 2 diabetes.


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