Diabetes patients are 2-3 times more likely to suffer from stroke than those that do not have diabetes. Studies have shown that people with diabetes are at a higher risk of death or paralysis due to stroke.
What Causes a Stroke?
In particular, the type of stroke that diabetes patients are so susceptible to is the most common type of stroke known as ischemic stroke. Ischemic stroke happens due to a clogged blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. The blockage disrupts blood and oxygen flow to the brain which damages brain cells and hence leading to a stroke.
The clogged blood vessels that causes the stroke are usually formed when:
- Fat accumulates on the walls of the blood vessel in the brain.
- A blood clot originally from another part of the body flows to the vessels in brain
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