Heart Disease + Diabetes = One Unappealing Pair

Often, we're on the hunt for a two-for-one deal. But here's one package we'd rather avoid: diabetes and heart disease. Why are these conditions so similar? It could be because they're an extension of the same disease, says Aruni Bhatnagar, PhD, a professor, researcher and fellow of the American Heart Association.

Dr. Bhatnagar and other researchers are studying both diseases as one continuum known as cardiometabolic disease, and the connection between the conditions is already being addressed in caring for patients.

"Clinicians should assume that if you have diabetes, you already have heart disease," Dr. Bhatnagar says. "That's how serious it is."

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