Living with type 2 diabetes puts you at higher risk for heart disease and stroke.
Knowing what steps to take may reduce your risk.


Type 2: Heart-To-Heart

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Top Four Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  1. What changes can I make to take care of my heart?
  2. What can I do before my next appointment?
  3. How will I know if the changes I’ve made are making a difference?
  4. What resources can help me learn more?

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Simple facts everyone should know.


graphic with two heartsPeople living with diabetes are two times more likely to develop and die from cardiovascular disease – such as heart disease, heart failure, heart attack and stroke.

80 seconds graphicIn the U.S., every 80 seconds an adult with diabetes is hospitalized for heart disease and every 2 minutes an adult with diabetes is hospitalized for stroke.


12 years graphicFor adults at age 60, having type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease shortens life expectancy by an average of 12 years.

icon representing half of the people speakingIn a recent survey* of people age 45 and older with type 2 diabetes only about half recognize their risk or have discussed their risk for heart attacks or strokes with their health care providers.

* Conducted online by The Harris Poll



ADA’s Living With Type 2 Diabetes Program

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Other Resources

Line drawing graphic of a down arrow and boxEmpower people living with type 2 diabetes to take charge of their health and immediately take action. These resources can help.

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