When your body does not produce enough insulin, or cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced by the body, blood sugar starts to accumulate in the bloodstream rather than being broken down and stored for future use. High blood sugar increases the risk of stroke as it increases the risk of high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.

Please speak with your doctor if you are experiencing consistent and mild thirst, frequent urination or fatigue. It is important to get your blood sugar checked regularly. Diet control, exercise and medications are all effective ways to control blood sugar.

For more information on diabetes, please visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario here.

References: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario