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Looking after your heart

Looking after your heart is important when you have diabetes. People living with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, including heart attack.


Blood fats (cholesterol and triglycerides) above the target range are more common in people with diabetes. However, there are ways to help reduce your risk of heart disease.

The main cause of heart disease is atherosclerosis, a condition that is more common – and develops at a younger age – in people with diabetes.

If you have atherosclerosis, plaque (made up of cholesterol and other fats), builds up in the arteries, causing the blood vessels to narrow. This can lead to a reduced or blocked blood supply to the vessels that provide blood to the heart and brain, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Learn about 'Looking after your heart':

  • How do you know if you have heart disease?
  • Looking after your heart
  • More information

Access this information sheet:

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The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is an initiative of the Australian Government administered with the assistance of Diabetes Australia.