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.