This year, Diabetes Australia are creating awareness about the link between heart disease and diabetes.
The Take Diabetes 2 Heart campaign is about inspiring people with diabetes, and the people who love them, to take positive steps to better heart health.
Heart disease is one of the most serious complications facing people with diabetes. Yet research shows most people with diabetes don’t know they are at risk.
Risk of heart disease for people with diabetes
- People with diabetes are between two and four times more likely to develop heart disease.
- Heart disease is the number one cause of death for people with type 2 diabetes and is responsible for just almost two-thirds of all deaths in people with diabetes.
- Between one and three per cent of people with type 2 diabetes experience a heart attack every year. That means that in a given year between 11,000 and 33,000 Australians will suffer a diabetes-related heart attack.
- People with diabetes may develop heart disease 10 to 15 years earlier than people without diabetes.
If you have Type 2 diabetes, make an appointment today with your GP to talk about what you can do to lower your risk of heart disease.
For more information, visit Diabetes Australia.