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Increased Risks for People with Diabetes

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It is very important for people who have diabetes to make heart-healthy food choices because of their increased risk for cardiovascular complications. When compared to people without diabetes, people with diabetes have:

  • Twice the risk of developing cardiovascular disease
  • Twice the risk of having a heart attack
  • A greater chance of having a second heart attack
  • A greater chance of dying from a heart attack
  • Four times the risk of having a stroke

it is very important for people who have diabetes to make heart-healthy food choices

Women with diabetes are particularly susceptible to these complications, and have a greater risk of death from heart attacks and strokes than men with diabetes.

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This document is a source of information only, and is not medical advice.