Let’s start with the good news. There are two factors in Type 2 diabetics’ metabolism that can actually reduce and possibly eliminate the risk factors for heart attacks and strokes.
The bad news is that heart disease is the number one killer of Type 2 diabetics. The link between diabetes and heart disease is so close that Type 2 diabetes is itself considered a form of heart disease. The same risk factors are present for both: being overweight, unhealthy triglyceride and cholesterol levels, and high blood pressure.
These factors represent the “metabolic syndrome”, a cluster of metabolic factors that together indicate high risk for heart attack and strokes. In addition to these the diabetic has high blood sugar, which causes havoc with the liver, kidneys, and heart.
The metabolic syndrome is not merely a group of independent symptoms that happen to coincide in an individual. All of these risk factors are closely related and work together. If you have even one of them, you are likely to have several, and probably all of them. The only way to know what your triglyceride and cholesterol levels are is through lab testing. Check with your doctor to have a lipid profile test.