Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Diabetes

Glucose, a common sugar, is used by the cells of the body to produce energy. Diabetes is a disease in which the movement of glucose from the blood to body cells is decreased. Glucose levels in the blood increase. There are several forms of diabetes. The adult form is called type 2 diabetes. About 80 percent of those with type 2 diabetes are overweight. It is more common among people who are older, are physically inactive or obese, or have a family history of diabetes. It is more common among people of Asian, Hispanic, African, or Native American ancestry. Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease that can lead to many problems, including heart disease. Type 2 diabetes can be treated, delayed, or prevented by moderate weight loss, exercise, and medication.

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