Numerous studies have stated the fact that diabetes is one of the most common conditions worldwide. The fact that there is no complete cure available makes it all the more alarming. However, it is possible to live with diabetes in a healthy manner. However, there are numerous lifestyle changes involved, along with medication and injections, wherever required, basis the severity of the condition, the age of the person, and the type of diabetes.
The condition in itself is not scary, but it surely has repercussions that can create more serious conditions. For instance, the risk of cardiovascular diseases in people with diabetes is considerably higher than those who are non-diabetic. This is because there are high-risk factors of heart disease in a person suffering from diabetes due to the damage to the blood vessels.
So, how is the risk of cardiovascular diseases high in diabetes patients? Let’s find out.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition wherein the pancreas starts behaving in a faulty manner, leading to less or no secretion of insulin, the hormone that is responsible for regulating glucose content and supplying energy to the body via nerves. As a result, there is an accumulation of glucose in the blood, leading to high blood sugar levels which are extremely harmful.
Diabetes can either be
- Prediabetes, which is nothing but high blood sugar level
- Type 1 diabetes, which is mostly caused due to autoimmune conditions
- Type 2 diabetes, which is mostly a more developed form of prediabetes and happens due to unhealthy lifestyle and obesity. Such an unhealthy lifestyle is responsible for the risk of cardiovascular diseases as well, as most of the risk factors and causes of diabetes are similar to that of heart diseases.