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Taking Diabetes to Heart – John’s story

Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death and disability in people with diabetes but awareness of the symptoms and risk factors among those affected remains low.


Diabetes is a life-threatening condition that currently affects over 425 million people worldwide. It is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels. CVD is the leading cause of death and disability in people with diabetes.

Given that people with diabetes are at greater risk of CVD, increasing their knowledge and awareness of CVD at the right time can reduce the chances of developing diabetes complications and thus help to reduce diabetes morbidity and mortality.

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