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Heart Diseases in People with Diabetes

  • According to the Adult Treatment Panel III Report released by the National Institute of Health in May 2001, diabetes was considered one of the "Major Risk Factors" for heart disease. Diabetes patients need to learn more about their increased heart disease risk and what to do about it.
  • Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is major complication and the leading cause of premature death among people with diabetes. 65% of the deaths in people with diabetes were attibuted to some form of heart disease and stroke.
  • Adult with diabetes are six times more likely to have heart disease or suffer a stroke than people without diabetes. Hear attacks occur at an earlier age in people with diabetes and studies have shown that middle-aged people type 2 diabetes have the same high risk for heart disease as people without diabetes who already have had a heart attack.
  • About 70% of people with diabetes have high blood pressure and 67% of adults with Type 2 diabetes have one or more lipid (cholesterol) abnormalities. High risk cholesterol can play a part in the development of type 2 diabetes. Good (HDL) cholesterol below 35mg/dL is one diabetes risk factor, as is being overweight, having a family history of diabetes, being inactive and having high blood pressure. And Type 2 diabetes, like high risk cholesterol, can be "silent", meaning you may not know you have the condition.

Diabetics at High Risk for CHD

  • Family history of diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes occurs at an earlier age in overweight people
  • Obesity is the number one modifiable risk factor for type 2 diabetes
  • Hypercholesterolemia HDL cholesterol less than 40 mg/dL
  • Triglyceride level greater than 200 mg/dL
  • Older people
  • Relative small improvements in blood glucose (sugar), lipids (cholesterol), and blood pressure values result in decreased risk for diabetes complications. Frequent monitoring of total cholesterol levels reveal trends in CHD risk potential.

Heart Disease Tests

  • In light of these facts, knowing your total cholesterol level and your HDL cholesterol level is an essential step in assessing your heart disease risk. AccuTech has disposable tests that allow you to find out your cholesterol levels in minutes. These tests can be performed at home, in the office, or while traveling. They give people a convenient and inexpensive way to monitor and manage their heart disease risk.

Our cholesterol tests include:

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