What Is the Connection Between Diabetes and Stroke?

What Is the Connection Between Diabetes and Stroke?

Claremont Colonic Clinic Newsletter
People with diabetes are 1.5x more likely to have a stroke. Make sure you understand this link so you can prevent stroke and stay healthy.


Type 2 diabetes is endocrine disease. It basically means that your blood sugar is elevated. There are two types of strokes. One is just an occlusion. The second one is the burst of one of these vessels, and in that case, we call it hemorrhagic stroke, meaning that these vessels burst and there is a bleed inside the brain. There is an acronym that I think synthesizes pretty good the signs of stroke, and this is FAST. F-A-S-T. F stands for facial drooping, A for arm weakness, S stands for speech, slurred speech or difficult to talk, and T stands for time, and it means that it is time to call 911.

Diabetes is an inflammatory disease, which means it causes inflammation in your whole body. This includes big vessels and small vessels. With this inflammation, basically what it causes is plaque formation in the walls of the arteries that down the road, can lead to an occlusion or even a burst of one of these vessels.

People with type 2 diabetes are at higher risk of a stroke when you compare them with people without diabetes. People with diabetes also are known to have other comorbidities, like hypertension and high cholesterol. People with diabetes can lower their stroke rate by diet, exercise, and having their diabetes under control with the appropriate medications. There are multiple types of medications that we can use, that include pills and even insulin, but always these need to be combined with lifestyle modifications like exercise and diet. You don’t have to let diabetes define you. With appropriate control and appropriate medications, you can have the same type of outcomes as people without diabetes.


Contributor: Frederico Trobo: Cardiologist and Heart Failure Specialist, HealthGuides-CNN.com

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