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Diabetes mellitus

Diabetes is caracterised byan elevated blood glucose level (farting glucose > 7mmol/l , 11,1 mmol/l after a meal.). A high blood glucose level damages the artery walls. As a consequence, people with diabetes have a 2 to 4 ties increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

In the long term, diabetes can lead to complications in the brain, heart, eyes, kidneys and nerves. People with diabetes also have a tendency to develop high blood pressure and problems with cholesterol levels, all of which further increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Diabetes is considered a major risk factor.

If you have diabetes, a good control of blood sugar levels can decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Here are five key points for good management of diabetes:

If there is diabetes in your family, if you are overweight or if you don’t have daily physical activity, you may develop diabetes.

Last modified on 27/09/2010