Can heart disease cause a person to have diabetic? Watch
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Heart diseases are very broad and can occur in a variety of ways, but the most common is ischaemic heart disease, which is caused by atherosclerotic plaque build-up in the coronary arteries. The cause of this mainly appears to be the deposition of cholesterol in the vessel wall, leading to a cascade of inflammatory-like events. Nothing in this step affects either of the two factors listed above - insulin production and resistance. Hence, heart disease doesn't cause diabetes.
Heart disease and diabetes do share a lot of risk factors, though - obesity, sedentary lifestyles, lack of physical activity, poor diet, smoking.