Having diabetes puts you at greater
risk of coronary heart disease, but research by the Heart
Foundation, shows us the link is not widely known.
Heart disease, including coronary heart disease, is a major
cause of death among people with diabetes. People with diabetes can
be up to four times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke
than people who do not have diabetes.
Despite these worrying statistics, the Heart Foundation study
found just 2% of people surveyed nominated diabetes as a risk
factor for heart disease.
The Heart Foundation was keen to highlight that uncontrolled
diabetes puts people in the danger zone for developing heart
disease and noted that Australians could not afford to
underestimate the impact the condition can have on their heart
When it comes to heart disease, people are more likely to focus
on lifestyle risk factors, such as diet and exercise, rather than
clinical risk factors and it's important that people remember that
conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure are on our
There are currently 1.3 million living with diabetes and more
than 150,000 Australians are living with both diabetes and coronary
People with diabetes - particularly type 2 diabetes - are at
higher risk of heart attack or stroke because they are also more
likely to have other risk factors such as high blood pressure, high
cholesterol and being overweight or obese.
To understand if you're at risk from diabetes or heart disease
ask your doctor for a test at your next appointment. This is
recommended for anyone over the age of 40, or if you're of
Aboriginal or Torres Island descent if you are 30 years of age.