Triple threat: Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol
It's a fact: People with type 2 diabetes are more likely to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol too. These can lead to life-threatening emergencies like a stroke or a heart attack. So what can you do to protect yourself? Start by asking your doctor these four questions.
Diabetes and your heart: 4 questions to ask your doctor
1. What lifestyle changes do I need to make?
2. Are there medications that can help protect my heart?
3. How often should I have my blood pressure and cholesterol tested?
4. What other resources are available to help me?
Sources: American College of Cardiology; National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
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- American College of Cardiology. "Diabetes and Your Heart." https://www.cardiosmart.org/topics/diabetes-and-your-heart/questions-to-ask-your-doctor.
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. "Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke." https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/preventing-problems/heart-disease-stroke#:~:text=People%20with%20diabetes%20are%20also,glucose%2C%20also%20called%20blood%20sugar.
- NCQA. "Comprehensive Diabetes Care." https://www.ncqa.org/hedis/measures/comprehensive-diabetes-care/.
- NCQA. "Statin Therapy for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes (SPC/SPD). https://www.ncqa.org/hedis/measures/statin-therapy-for-patients-with-cardiovascular-disease-and-diabetes/.
This information is provided for educational purposes only. Individuals should always consult with their healthcare providers regarding medical care or treatment, as recommendations, services or resources are not a substitute for the advice or recommendation of an individual's physician or healthcare provider. Services or treatment options may not be covered under an individual's particular health plan.