Looking after your heart fact sheet
Looking after your heart is very important when you have diabetes. People with diabetes are 2–4 times more likely to develop heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease, including heart attacks. You can reduce your risk by managing your diabetes and having regular health checks and timely treatment. Heart and blood vessel problems cause less damage when detected and treated early.
The main cause of heart disease is atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is more common and develops at a younger age in people with diabetes.
Read more in our Looking after your heart fact sheet.