People living with diabetes are up to four times more likely to be affected by diseases of the heart and circulatory system. High blood sugar with abnormal blood pressure or cholesterol levels affects the lining of the artery walls, making them more likely to fur-up with fatty deposits, in a process called atherosclerosis.
People with type 2 diabetes, in particular, are also more likely to have raised levels of triglycerides and low levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol which also makes atherosclerosis more likely.
The fatty deposits gradually build-up and harden making the vessels narrower. Eventually, this restricts the flow of blood and the supply of oxygen to the tissues.
At Dr.JP Kotla Medical Centre, we monitor your arterial health regularly, increasing the intensity of medication for cholesterol, if there is evidence of deterioration.