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Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

SHIELD Yourself From Diabetes

Did you know that diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, blindness in adults, and amputations? Diabetes is also a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and birth defects and shortens the average life expectancy by up to 15 years. The good news is that making changes in your health habits has repeatedly been shown to reduce your risk for developing or improve management of diabetes.

Diabetes and Your Heart

If you have diabetes, you have extra reason to be mindful of heart and blood vessel disease. Diabetes carries an increased risk for heart attack, stroke and complications related to poorcircula-tion. While you can't change the fact that you have diabetes, you can control some of the risk factors that go along with it. By taking charge of your diabetes, you can reduce your risks.

Diabetes Type 1 & 2 Complications

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