While there’s an intrinsic and happy connection between hearts and sweet confectionary on Valentine’s Day, when it comes to health, the links between the heart and glucose are nothing to celebrate.

People with diabetes have to work diligently to keep their blood glucose (sugar) in the normal range through diet, exercise and medications. As if living with one health issue isn’t enough, a large body of research shows that having diabetes comes with increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

In fact, people with diabetes may develop heart disease 15 years earlier than those without diabetes, according to Diabetes Canada. Moreover, people with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.

The good news is that armed with the right information and medication, people with diabetes can reduce their risk of heart disease. Knowledge is power and much comes down to good diabetes management, which includes a healthy diet, exercise and medications, as well as a treatment protocol designed to protect the heart.

One in three Canadians has diabetes or prediabetes, according to data from the 2019 Diabetes Canada Cost Model.Research shows that those 20 years of age today face a 50% chance of developing diabetes in their lifetime.

Diabetes is a growing health concern, which means heart disease is, too.

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