Diabetes affects millions of U.S citizens. The disorder can cause many health complications including stroke. According to the American Diabetes Association, the risk of having a stroke is 1.5 times higher for diabetics than those who do not have diabetes. In fact, having diabetes, in general, can make it harder for the body to respond to a stroke.

The main reason is that diabetes can harden blood vessels. When there is a clot, other arteries and vessels can serve as a bypass for some oxygen to reach where it needs to go. Diabetes often causes hardened blood vessels which make it harder for the other blood vessels to aid in the event of a stroke.

Controlling blood sugar is a great way to reduce the risk of stroke, along with other lifestyle behaviors such as exercise and a healthy diet.

The typical signs of a stroke include sudden numbness in the face, arm, or leg (usually concentrated on one side of the body), trouble speaking, blurred vision, and trouble swallowing. If you experience these symptoms, call 911 immediately for help.

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