If you have diabetes, it increases the risk of other health complications, including heart disease. But there are many things you can do to manage your condition.

Detecting diabetes early is important so you can help reduce the chances of developing more serious health problems. If you think you might be diabetic, speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

Diabetes and heart disease

Diabetes substantially increases the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). It also increases the effect of other risk factors for heart disease, such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity.

Lifestyle tips for diabetics

If you’re diabetic, it’s important to make sure you control your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. Tips include:

  • Eating a balanced diet rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and cereals, low-fat dairy products and protein
  • Keeping active
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight