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Heart Disease Is a Major Killer If You Have Diabetes

​If you have diabetes, you’re two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than someone who doesn’t have diabetes.

“Cardiovascular disease causes approximately two-thirds of deaths in people with Type 2 diabetes, making it the number one cause of death for those with diabetes,” says endocrinologist Dr. Jennifer Green, an associate professor of medicine at Duke University, Division of Endocrinology and Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina.