Diabetes Awareness Month – How Does Diabetes Correlate with Heart Disease?

November has arrived, and along with changing leaves, colder weather and the holiday season, it’s also Diabetes Awareness Month. November 14th is World Diabetes Day, which draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public spotlight.

You may not realize it, but there is a strong correlation between heart disease and diabetes. According to the American Heart Association, adults who have diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease than adults without diabetes, and diabetes is considered to be one of the seven major controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Anyone who has diabetes, especially type-2 diabetes, is more susceptible to heart disease because likely, they’re also facing conditions that contribute to heart disease, like high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, obesity, lack of physical activity, poorly controlled blood sugar and smoking. 

If you are living with diabetes, it’s important that you commit to a healthy lifestyle and exercise regularly, stay away from fatty foods with high cholesterol, and avoid smoking. You’ll also want to check in regularly with your doctors and healthcare professionals, and monitor your health numbers, like blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol and weight. 

While heart disease can often be preventable, it’s still the number one killer in men and women worldwide, which is why BIOLIFE4D is committed to finding a way to 3D bioprint a fully functioning human heart that is viable for transplant. We still have work to do, but we’ve never been closer! If interested in learning more about BIOLIFE4D, check out our website, and be sure to follow along on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

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