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Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular risk – learn how to live a healthier lifestyle with Jez and June

Looking after your cardiovascular health is important for everyone, but if you are living with type 2 diabetes, it’s even more essential to reduce your cardiovascular risk. Living with type 2 diabetes means you are more prone to a build-up of fatty deposits inside your arteries (a condition known as atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, or ASCVD for short) and because of this, you’re more likely to have serious health problems, such as a heart attack or stroke, than someone who doesn’t have diabetes.1,2 The good news is that there are lot of things that you can do to help prevent ASCVD and reduce your risk of developing diabetes complications.

Take a moment to view the video, and make sure to have a conversation with your doctor about the best approach to maintaining your cardiovascular well-being.

Jez and June are fictional patients with fictional stories.

How can you reduce your cardiovascular risk?

Through learning and understanding how diabetes can affect your cardiovascular system and the causes of cardiovascular disease, you can make good lifestyle choices that may lower your risk of unexpected complications that can occur in the future.  Whether it’s you or a loved one living with type 2 diabetes, it’s important that you learn the signs of a heart attack and stroke, like Jez and June. Watch the interactive video story to meet them and learn more about type 2 diabetes in an engaging and informative way.

So what exactly is atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and why is it you need to be aware of it?

ASCVD is a term that refers to a build-up of fatty deposits (known as plaque) inside your arteries. Plaque can build up and can clog the arteries, it could cause a blood clot. Because of this, the blood cannot flow through normally, and organs such as the heart and brain, as well as lower limbs and potentially all arteries, cannot get the oxygen they need to function properly. This can have very severe consequences, such as a heart attack or stroke.3,4

Watch the video attentively and consult with your doctor to be certain you are giving your cardiovascular health the best possible attention.

How do I know if I have atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease?

An important thing to know about ASCVD is that it develops gradually. Most people don’t know they have it until it is already at a more advanced stage, and this may lead to them having a heart attack, stroke, or lower limb ischaemia.5 But there are things that you can watch out for, some of which may be early signs of cardiovascular disease.  If you recognise any of these signs, you could consider making some lifestyle changes and be evaluated by your healthcare provider. Find out what these signs are in the interactive video.

As someone living with type 2 diabetes, is there anything I can do to reduce my chances of developing cardiovascular risk factors?

  • Learn more about atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and the signs that you should watch out for if you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
  • See how plaque can build up inside your arteries, and what could happen when it does
  • Find out how to recognise the early signs of heart disease and causes of heart disease
  • Learn important facts about heart attacks and strokes in people living with type 2 diabetes
  • Test your knowledge on the options that may be recommended to help you manage your type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular risk
  • Find out what you can do reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke
  • Consider adopting a more active lifestyle like Jez and June


  1. Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration. Lancet. 2010;375:2215-22.
  2. Creager MA, et al. Circulation. 2003;108:1527-32.
  3. Atherosclerosis. British Heart Foundation. Available at https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/conditions/atherosclerosis
  4. Global Heart and Circulatory Diseases Fact Sheet. British Heart Foundation. Available at https://www.bhf.org.uk/what-we-do/our-research/heart-statistics
  5. Gatto L, Prati F. Eur Heart J Suppl. 2020;22(Suppl E):E87-E90. 
  6. Low Wang CC, et al. Circulation. 2016;133:2459-502.

Jez and June are fictional patients with fictional stories.

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