A 39-year-old member asked:
can cardiovascular disease lead to diabetes?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Susan Wingo answered
32 years experience Endocrinology
It can seem that way: Many people with cardiovascular disease may have diabetes or prediabetes that is only recognized after they have heart problems. In actuality, though, the glucose metabolism was abnormal for some time before the heart disease was discovered, and changes associated with the sugar abnormalities including high blood pressure & high cholesterol likely contributed to the heart disease.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Louis Krenn answered
19 years experience Family Medicine
No: Cardiovascular disease will not lead to diabetes, but diabetes can lead to cardiovascular disease. Diabetes is caused either by a lack of Insulin production or resistance to insulin, mainly in persons who are obese.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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