(Maskot, Getty Images) Having Type 2 diabetes or heart failure independently increases the risk for getting the other, and both often occur together, further worsening a patient’s health, quality of life and care costs, a new report says. Many of the risk factors and mechanisms behind Type 2 diabetes and heart failure are similar, yet…

(Prostock-studio, envato elements) Diabetes can be a risk factor for heart disease – but for women, the condition can lead to worse outcomes than for men. The statistics are striking: Compared to their male counterparts, women with diabetes have a twofold increased risk of heart disease. They’re also more likely to have heart attacks earlier…

(cglade, iStockphoto) While doctors have been divided about what level of blood pressure is safe for someone with diabetes, a new study suggests that more intensive intervention is better. During the study, people with Type 2 diabetes who received treatment to keep their blood pressure levels at 130/80 or below had fewer heart attacks, strokes…

(Victor_69, iStockphoto) Despite medical advances, having diabetes is still linked to a higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, new research shows. It’s long been known that diabetes – a condition that causes blood sugar to rise – increases the risk of death from multiple causes. Past research showed people with diabetes are twice as…

(Vitapix, iStockphoto) Keeping Type 1 diabetes under tight control through medication may help prevent people with the disease from developing an immune reaction to their own bodies, one that specifically attacks the heart, according to new research. Type 1 diabetes is the less common form of the disease that affects the way the body regulates…

(Maya23K, Getty Images) For people with diabetes, blood sugar isn’t the only important measurement. New cholesterol guidelines suggest the more than 110 million U.S. adults with diabetes or prediabetes also should manage their cholesterol. The guidelines released earlier this month during the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions conference suggest doctors consider prescribing cholesterol-lowering drugs called…

Actress Angela Bassett spoke Sunday at the Scientific Sessions conference about losing her mother to heart disease. (Impressionista Films/Jay Reilly) CHICAGO – Betty Jane Bassett was among millions of Americans suffering from Type 2 diabetes. She also was among millions suffering from heart disease. In 2014, she lost those battles. Years later, her family learned…

During her first pregnancy in 1994, Sophia Boulanger developed gestational diabetes and was later diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Then in 2011, Boulanger was told she had 90 percent blockages in all five vessels supplying blood to the heart. The quintuple bypass surgery that followed was “the scariest moment of my life,” she recalled. Despite…

Testing blood for a biological marker called suPAR could help better assess the risk of death among African-Americans with Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. SuPAR, or soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor, is a protein marker that indicates inflammation in the blood. Scientists have used suPAR to help assess the severity of various…