Diabetes can have a significant impact on the cardiovascular system, increasing the risk
of developing various cardiovascular problems. The main reason for this is that high
levels of glucose in the blood can damage blood vessels and nerves that control the heart
and blood vessels. Here are some ways in which diabetes can affect cardiovascular
- Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis is a condition in which fatty deposits build up in the
walls of the arteries, narrowing them and restricting blood flow. Diabetes can increase
the risk of developing atherosclerosis, which can lead to coronary artery disease,
peripheral artery disease, and stroke.
- High blood pressure: Diabetes can also increase the risk of developing high blood
pressure, which is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. High blood pressure can
cause damage to blood vessels and organs, including the heart, kidneys, and brain.
- Changes in blood vessels: Diabetes can cause changes in the structure and function of
blood vessels, making them less flexible and more prone to damage. This can lead to
problems such as poor circulation, blood clots, and an increased risk of heart attack and
- Autonomic neuropathy: Diabetes can damage the nerves that control the heart and
blood vessels, leading to a condition called autonomic neuropathy. This can cause
changes in heart rate and blood pressure that can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke,
and other cardiovascular problems.
- Microvascular disease: Diabetes can also cause damage to the small blood vessels in
the body, including those in the eyes, kidneys, and nerves. This can lead to problems
such as diabetic retinopathy, diabetic nephropathy, and diabetic neuropathy, which can
all increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
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