How Does Diabetes And Obesity Affect My Risk Of Developing Heart Disease?

Dr. Richard Nesto answers the question: 'Diabetes, Obesity And Heart Disease?'

ByRichard Nesto, M.D., Chairman, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Lahey Clinic
December 24, 2008, 1:52 PM

— -- 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.

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