Diabetes and the Heart Health Connection


Barbra Streisand, legendary director, singer, actress, producer & and co-founder of the Women’s Heart Alliance joins Dr. Rodgers to explain the connection between diabetes and heart health.

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DR. RODGERS: Diabetes is a powerful risk factor for heart disease in women — but many women don’t know that. Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, a director at NIH. Barbra Streisand, legendary director, singer, actress, producer and co-founder of the Women’s Heart Alliance explains the diabetes-heart health connection:

MS. STREISAND: Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death for women in the United States. Women with diabetes are even more at risk than women without the disease. They are twice as likely to suffer a second heart attack and four times more likely to have heart failure.

We must empower women — our mothers, sisters, daughters, wives and friends… and ourselves — we must take action.

If you are a woman with diabetes, taking steps to manage your illness can lower your chances of having heart disease or stroke — and save your life.

DR. RODGERS: Follow us on Twitter @NIDDKGov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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