Survey Reveals Most People Don't Know Heart Disease Is the No. 1 Killer of People with Type 2 Diabetes
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Cardiovascular disease (which includes heart disease and other problems with the heart and blood vessels like heart attacks and strokes) causes approximately two-thirds of deaths in people with type 2 diabetes, making it the number one cause of death. But the good news is, the sooner people understand their risk, the sooner they can talk to their healthcare provider to learn more about the link between type 2 diabetes and potentially life-threatening heart attacks, strokes or even death.
To help raise awareness of this critical issue,
"In the emergency room, I regularly see people with type 2 diabetes experiencing life-threatening events like heart attacks or strokes," said Stork. "Few know they are more likely to experience these kinds of complications simply because they have diabetes. I've joined the For Your SweetHeart campaign because awareness of heart disease risk is critical for people with type 2 diabetes and their loved ones, and taking action today may help save lives."
For Stork, it's also a personal issue that hits close to home. "My grandfather had type 2 diabetes, and from him, I learned a lot about the importance of managing the disease before I ever became a doctor. I urge everyone with type 2 diabetes to visit ForYourSweetHeart.com, take and share the Heart You Quiz to learn about their risk for heart disease, then talk to their healthcare provider."
People with diabetes have an increased risk of heart disease for a number of reasons, including high blood pressure, abnormal blood lipids and obesity. Uncontrolled diabetes damages blood vessels, making them more prone to injury from high blood pressure and from plaque build-up and inflammation in the arteries.
- If people with type 2 diabetes knew they were at increased risk of heart disease, 99 percent responded that they would be likely do something about it. More than 80 percent said they would change their diet/eating habits, exercise and speak with their healthcare provider to decrease their risk of heart disease
- Less than 35 percent of people overall and only 41 percent of people with type 2 diabetes surveyed were aware that those with type 2 diabetes are at increased risk for heart attack
"The truth is cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among people with diabetes, but there is hope. The earlier people with diabetes understand this risk, the sooner they become engaged and take action to help reduce their chances of heart attacks, strokes or even death," said
"People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than people without diabetes," said
About For Your SweetHeart: Where diabetes and heart disease meet
For Your SweetHeart is a
The For Your SweetHeart survey was conducted online,
For Your SweetHeart was developed and sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim and
Participating medical experts:
Karol E. Watson, M.D., Ph.D., FACC, professor of medicine/cardiology, co-director, UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology, director, UCLA Barbara Streisand Women's Heart Health Program Ty J. Gluckman, M.D., FACC, FAHA, medical director, Clinical Transformation, Providence Heart and Vascular Institute, Portland, Oregon Matthew Budoff, M.D., professor of medicine, UCLA, Endowed Chair of Preventive Cardiology, program director, Division of Cardiology, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute Leigh Perreault, M.D., associate professor of medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes, Affiliate Center for Global Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, associate professor of epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health Anne Peters, M.D., director, USC Clinical Diabetes Program, professor, Keck School of Medicine of USC
About Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
Approximately 29 million Americans and an estimated 415 million people worldwide have diabetes, and nearly 28 percent of Americans with diabetes—totaling eight million people—are undiagnosed. In the
Due to the complications associated with diabetes, such as high blood sugar, high blood pressure and obesity, cardiovascular disease is a major complication and the leading cause of death associated with diabetes. People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than people without diabetes. Approximately 50 percent of deaths in people with type 2 diabetes worldwide and approximately two-thirds of deaths in people with type 2 diabetes in the
Having diabetes can shorten a person's lifespan by as much as six years compared with someone without diabetes.* And having both diabetes and a history of heart attack or stroke can shorten a person's lifespan by as much as 12 years compared with someone without these conditions.**
* Based on having a history of diabetes at age 60.
** Based on having a history of diabetes and heart attack or stroke at age 60.
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Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when we introduced the world's first commercial insulin. Today we are building upon this heritage by working to meet the diverse needs of people with diabetes and those who care for them. Through research and collaboration, a wide range of therapies and a continued determination to provide real solutions—from medicines to support programs and more—we strive to make life better for all those affected by diabetes around the world. For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com.
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