Hard Hats with Heart Sacramento Valley - Chronic Disease Resources

Taking control of your chronic conditions can add years to your life. We have resources for two common chronic diseases: diabetes and hypertension.


Diabetes, also called diabetes mellitus, is a condition that causes blood sugar to rise. Untreated or uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes can lead to many serious medical problems including cardiovascular disease. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes has historically been diagnosed primarily in adults. But adolescents and young adults are developing Type 2 diabetes at an alarming rate because of family history and higher rates of obesity and physical inactivity — risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.


High blood pressure (also referred to as HBP, or hypertension) is when your blood pressure, the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels, is consistently too high. Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure. (Many don’t even know they have it.) High blood pressure is known as the "silent killer." When left untreated, the damage that high blood pressure does to your circulatory system is a significant contributing factor to heart attack, stroke and other health threats.

The American Heart Association has a suite of resources on heart.org, explore our diabetes or high blood pressure topics for more information. If you are interested in industry-specific messaging around this topic, please contact [email protected] to discuss ways we can work together.

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