Diabetes and cardiovascular disease: double jeopardy

Diabetes is closely associated with cardiovascular diseases (CVD), particularly heart attack, stroke and ischaemia of the lower limbs. People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop these diseases compared to people without the condition. Recent evidence, however, tells us that it is possible to prevent or delay these complications. IDF is very aware of the scale of the problem, and has entered the 21st century with the issue high on its agenda. Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease has been selected as the theme for this year’s World Diabetes Day campaign. In addition, IDF has just published a book entitled Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease: Time to Act, which targets decision makers in the health and social policy arenas to heighten awareness, influence policy and lead to action. This article summarizes the key points of the publication.
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CVD, heart, heart attack, stroke, publication, WDD, World Diabetes Day
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