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Heart Disease and Diabetes: Benefits of Prevention

Taking an active role in heart disease prevention can offer many benefits to people with diabetes. Potential benefits of heart disease prevention include the following:
 
  • For every 1 percent reduction in A1c, the relative risk for microvascular complications decreases by 37 percent, for diabetes-related deaths by 21 percent, and for heart attack by 14 percent.
     
  • Rigorous management of high blood pressure slows the rate of progression of diabetic kidney disease and reduces the risk of stroke, diabetes-related death, congestive heart failure, and vision loss.
 
  • Data showed that for each 10-mmHg decrease in average systolic blood pressure, the relative risk for complications decreased by 13 percent, for diabetes-related deaths by 15 percent, and for heart attack by 11 percent.
 
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