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Heart attack warning: Type 2 diabetes is a major risk factor – here’s why

What accounts for the link to type 2 diabetes?

“Diabetes causes marked acceleration of atherosclerosis, causing an increase in artery blockages,” Dr. Mark Peterman, interventional cardiologist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Plano, Texas, told Healthline.

Atherosclerosis is a serious condition whereby arteries become clogged with fatty substances called plaques, or atheroma.

According to Dr Peterman, it can also cause inflammation that makes these blockages unstable in such a way that they can rupture and cause heart attacks or strokes.

How to manage diabetes

The key to controlling type 2 diabetes is to keep your blood sugar levels within a healthy range.


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