Cardiovascular disease in T1D
CVD is increasingly understood to be an important health issue for people with T1D. Risk factors that can lead to CVD include high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and kidney disease. Additionally, despite the common (mis)perception that people with T1D are lean, the T1D population lives with obesity—another CVD risk factor—at rates comparable to non-diabetic people. High blood sugar is one reason CVD is more common and occurs at an earlier age in people with T1D, but there may be other features of T1D that accelerate CVD which are yet to be discovered.
Preventing Cardiovascular Complications
Keep your blood sugar in range
Get regular physical activity
Eat a healthy diet
Maintain a healthy weight
Manage blood pressure
Manage cholesterol levels
Manage stress levels
Get enough sleep
Editor’s note: This content was created in collaboration with our partners at Beyond Type 1. Brought to you by the JDRF – Beyond Type 1 Alliance. Explore additional resources about cardiovascular disease on the Beyond Type 1 website.
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