By Hope Warshaw, M.S., R.D., CDE, BC-ADM, and Betsy Hornick, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.
"Just having diabetes multiplies the risk for heart disease sixfold and stroke fourfold," says Francine Kaufman, M.D., head of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and author of Diabesity (Bantam, 2006). "When you have diabetes, your risk of a heart attack is as high as it is for a person without diabetes who's had a heart attack."
However, there's hope: You can take steps to prevent a heart attack or stroke. Read on for more.
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