Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the body can’t maintain healthy levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood.
Having diabetes more than triples a woman’s risk of having a heart attack and greatly increases the chances a heart attack will be fatal. For pre-menopausal women, having diabetes cancels the protective effects of hormones present in women and significantly increases the risk of heart disease.
Glucose is a form of sugar which is a main source of energy for our bodies. The pancreas produces a hormone called insulin which helps convert glucose into energy. For those with diabetes, insulin is no longer produced or cannot produce enough – causing sugars to build up in your blood.
Taking steps to find out what your blood sugar is and keeping it well-controlled is essential.