Diabetes and Heart Disease

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, your doctor should have gone over everything that can entail. Those with diabetes are more likely to experience heart disease due to your blood sugar levels being higher than they should be. These high sugar amounts in your blood can cause damage to multiple areas of the body, including blood vessels. Diabetes along with poor lifestyle choices will further raise the risk of heart disease. In fact, adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease compared to adults without diabetes.

Reasons Diabetes Increases the Risk of Heart Disease


People with diabetes, especially those with type 2 diabetes, have many other conditions that help contribute to developing cardiovascular disease, such as the following.

  • High Blood Pressure/Hypertension: a major risk factor for heart disease. Studies have shown there is a correlation between hypertension and insulin resistance. Risk of developing heart disease is doubled if a person has high blood pressure and diabetes.
  • Obesity: On its own, obesity increases a person’s risk of heart disease but obesity has also been associated with insulin resistance. Those who have diabetes and are obese can decrease their risk of heart disease through weight loss. Those who are obese and have diabetes often also have high blood pressure.
  • Abnormal Cholesterol: Men and women with diabetes often also have elevated levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and low HDL (“good”) cholesterol. These numbers frequently occur in patients who have premature coronary heart disease.
  • Lack of physical activity: Participating in physical activity through exercise and by losing weight, you can prevent or at least delay developing type 2 diabetes, as well as reduce blood pressure, and contribute to lowering the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Typically speaking, any type of physical activity, from gardening to sports to household work can benefit a person and lower their risk of heart disease.

 

People with or without diabetes who smoke are still at risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Other unhealthy lifestyle choices also affect the chances of developing heart disease, however those with diabetes are especially at risk. Many people with type 2 diabetes are patients of heart doctors to reduce the chances of developing heart disease. A cardiologist in Webster or any other city in the Houston area can help you reduce the risk of heart disease.

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Gulf Coast Heart Clinics are equipped with advanced technologies and equipments. The Echo & Nuclear Cardiology Laboratories are accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (ICA)

Office Procedures

Dr. Huang has rich experience in the diagnosis and management of the most complex cardiovascular issues. These include but not limited to:
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Chest pain/Chest discomfort
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

League City Location

Located at 501 Gulf Freeway South, Suite 106, League City, TX 77573.

Phone: (281) 534-8600

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Located at 9600 Bellaire Blvd, Suite 202, Houston, TX 77036.

Phone: (713) 771-6969  Fax: (713) 270-6969 

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