What most people with type 2 don’t know is that their CVD risk could kill them.  In a national online survey, it was revealed that many of those patients with type 2 are unaware of their cardiovascular risk. The information, that patients with diabetes do not die from diabetes but from cardiovascular disease, is well known in the medical community, but not for those patients with type 2 diabetes. The survey included 500+ patients with type 2 who have a good grasp of their increased risk of microvascular complications, such as neuropathy, nephropathy, and retinopathy, but they were lacking in the knowledge about their risk for CVD, and that it is the number-one killer of people with type 2 diabetes. Only one-third of those surveyed were aware of this risk.  Plus, an even lower proportion of just 31% of the 365 respondents who had a friend or relative with type 2 diabetes were even aware of this fact. Even in the general population, there was the similar low rate of awareness for over 1,000 respondents who don’t have diabetes. When asked about their risk for having an amputation, just 24% of the group with type 2 diabetes rated themselves as likely to undergo amputation. The same attitude pertained to the prospect of having an acute MI — “it is more likely that others are at increased risk, not me.” Then once the patients were educated as to their risk, they said they would take preventive measures to reduce that risk, including dietary modification and a conversation with their family doctor. The survey showed that most people with type 2 diabetes displayed an attitude of denial. Letting our patients know their cardiovascular risks should be one of the first things shared with newly patients who are newly diagnosed. —  For Your Sweetheart Survey.