Question: What is diabetes, what is the connection between obesity and diabetes, and how do these conditions affect my risk of developing heart disease?
Answer: Well, if you have diabetes and obesity, these two things usually travel together. In fact, by the time a person develops diabetes, they've usually had obesity for some time before that. So obesity is very often a sort of pre-diabetes condition. When you add diabetes -- or disruption in how you handle sugar -- on top of that obese state, that definitely increases the risk for coronary artery disease. In fact, if you have both together, your risk is much greater.