Updates: Coronavirus and diabetes
Heart disease can lead to heart attacks and strokes. This is also known as cardiovascular disease. The harm that diabetes does to the body can put people with diabetes more at risk of these complications. But we know that you can reduce that risk by having a healthy lifestyle. Looking after your blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol also reduces the risk.
Around 38,000 women who give birth in the UK each year have some form of diabetes. While many women have healthy babies, we know that diabetes can increase the risk of complications for the mother and baby – both during pregnancy and later in life. Despite this, there’s still a lot we don’t know about diabetes and pregnancy, or what matters most to people living with the condition.