Education is power, which is why we focus on health issues that are of both national and local concern. With the distinction of being the leading cause of death in Ashland County and in the United States, heart disease is at the forefront of our minds.
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Also, know that diabetes, a disease that affects the way the body converts food into energy, is linked to heart disease and stroke. Diabetics are twice as likely to have heart disease than those living without diabetes. In fact, two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke. Even so, a recent survey found that 68 percent of people with diabetes are unaware of their increased risk for heart disease or stroke.
Diabetes hits women harder, as women with diabetes are at even greater risk for heart disease or stroke compared with men. Approximately 9.1 million women in the United States have diabetes. Forty five percent of these women have heart disease, compared to 39% of diabetic men.
Women with diabetes are more likely to have other risk factors for heart disease and stroke than women without diabetes, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. That is why it is so important for diabetics to maintain their weight, exercise and eat a healthy diet.