Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Chief Medical Officer for Prevention at the American Heart Association, and Dr. Robert Gabbay, Chief Scientific and Medical Officer at the American Diabetes Association, join House Calls to answer viewer question about diabetes and its effects on heart health.

Learn more about diabetes and heart health at https://www.knowdiabetesbyheart.org.

House Calls: Real Docs, Real Talk episodes feature conversations with American Heart Association staff and medical experts on topics important to heart attack and stroke patients, or anyone looking to live a longer, healthier life.

0:00 Introduction
1:25 Health in the Headlines: What blood sugar levels best protect against heart trouble in those with diabetes?
3:04 What is the difference between type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes?
5:20 What is the connection between diabetes and heart disease and stroke?
7:00 How can I control my risk for having a heart attack or stroke?
9:25 I watch my A1C and blood sugar levels, is that enough to prevent heart complications?
11:56 Are there medications I can take to help lower my risk?
14:35 Are my diabetes and my high blood pressure connected?
17:35 Does having chronic kidney disease increase my risk for a heart attack or stroke?
19:00 Are there regular tests or screenings I should get?
21:52 What about non-clinical factors? How important are they?
26:05 What are the effects of diet and exercise on diabetes as it relates to heart health?
31:50 Tips from the Doctors