People with diabetes are nearly twice as likely as people without diagnosed diabetes to suffer a heart attack or stroke.
Heart disease is a leading cause of death in people with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association is currently funding more than 20 grants focused on understanding and combating cardiovascular disease associated with diabetes.
Researchers have found that one of the major causes of cardiovascular complications in diabetes is the failure of new blood vessels to regenerate. Therefore, several projects are focused on better understanding the process of blood vessel formation and the development of therapies, including stem cell therapies, to help repair and regrow healthy blood vessels. Other projects are focused on how arteries respond to insulin and how molecules involved in cardiovascular disease function in the context of diabetes. Source: American Diabetes Association Research Foundation