Type 2 diabetes causes a person’s body to lose control of the amount of glucose in the blood. The body doesn’t respond to insulin properly and may not produce enough, causing blood glucose levels to become too high. If blood glucose isn’t controlled properly and stays too high it can lead to a number of problems, including kidney failure, nerve damage, heart disease and stroke.
A team of UC Davis Health scientists and physicians has identified a cellular connection between diabetes and one of its major complications — blood vessel narrowing that increases risks of several serious health conditions, including heart disease and stroke.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to control blood sugar levels. Sustained high blood sugar levels can pose a number of serious health risks, such as heart disease or stroke. Fortunately, the condition is strongly linked to diet and exercise — factors that can be addressed. One study reveals a more complicated association however.