4 Expert Answers About Diabetes Complications


N. Spencer Welch, MD

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It’s possible to live a full, healthy life with diabetes, but the key is managing the chronic disease well. When medications aren’t taken as prescribed, or when diet and exercise aren’t part of the treatment equation, serious complications may develop.

Piedmont Healthcare Endocrinologist N. Spencer Welch, MD, discusses what you need to know about avoiding diabetes complications. 

1. Q: What’s the connection between diabetes and your heart?

A: Folks with diabetes are 2 to 4 times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than folks that don’t have diabetes. And they are four times more likely to die from heart attack or stroke than people who don’t have diabetes.

On top of tracking your diet and blood sugar, regular exercise is a key part of managing your diabetes. And while any exercise is better than none, certain activities have specific benefits for people with diabetes.

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