The Ultimate Diabetes and the Heart Quiz
by Staff
One of the most important organs in the body, the heart can be negatively affected by diabetes and health complications related to diabetes, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. It is vital that you protect your heart, especially if you have diabetes. Take this quiz and learn how diabetes affects heart health.

People with diabetes are ______ to have a heart condition compared to people without diabetes.

  • less likely
  • just as likely
  • more likely

High levels of insulin in the blood may lead to ________.

  • atherosclerosis
  • heart valve dysfunctions
  • both of the above

What are advanced glycosylation end products?

  • glucose and insulin compounds
  • glucose and protein compounds
  • glucose and blood compounds

How do advanced glycosylation end products place you at risk for heart disease?

  • They cause heart valve malformations.
  • They thicken your blood.
  • They damage arteries.

Why is high blood pressure called a “silent disease”?

  • People don't report high blood pressure symptoms to their doctors.
  • People don't talk about their high blood pressure problems.
  • High blood pressure has no symptoms.

How is high blood pressure related to heart problems?

  • It puts extra pressure on your heart.
  • It leads to artery damage.
  • both of the above

What percentage of people with diabetes have hypertension?

  • 25 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 75 percent

What does good cholesterol do in the body?

  • It kills bad cholesterol.
  • It cleans up the mess left behind from bad cholesterol.
  • both of the above

People with type 2 diabetes tend to have a higher amount of:

  • small and dense bad cholesterol particles
  • puffy and buoyant bad cholesterol particles
  • both of the above

Why are small and dense LDL particles bad for you?

  • Good cholesterol cannot easily clean up these particles.
  • These particles can get stuck in your arteries.
  • These particles kill good cholesterol.

People with type 2 diabetes are at greater risk of having high triglyceride levels in their blood. How do high triglyceride levels occur?

  • from eating more food than is needed
  • from eating too many monosaturated fats
  • both of the above

What is fibrinogen?

  • a protein for blood clotting
  • a type of artery plaque buildup
  • a form of heart disease

Strokes are similar to:

  • heart attacks
  • toxic shock syndrome
  • asthma attacks

People with diabetes are ________ times more likely to experience a stroke compared to the general population.

  • two to three
  • three to four
  • four to five

What is an ischemic stroke?

  • a stroke that reoccurs several times
  • a small stroke that causes no brain damage
  • a stroke that is the result of a blocked blood vessel

How does a blocked blood vessel leading to the brain occur?

  • from plaque buildup
  • from a blood clot
  • both of the above

What is a hemorrhagic stroke?

  • a stroke that occurs several times
  • a blood vessel in the brain that bursts
  • a stroke that is the result of a semi-blocked blood vessel

Hemorrhagic strokes occur ______ in people with diabetes compared to the general population.

  • less often
  • just as often
  • more often

What are signs of heart failure?

  • fatigue and shortness of breath
  • chest pain and dizziness
  • difficulty breathing and dizziness

Why are people with diabetes at increased risk of developing heart failure?

  • Insulin injections weaken the heart.
  • High blood glucose levels weaken the heart.
  • both of the above