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An artery is a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to other parts of the body. Arteries are thicker than veins and have stronger, more elastic walls. Arteries sometimes develop plaque within their walls in a process known as atherosclerosis. These plaques can become fragile and rupture, leading to complications associated with diabetes, such as heart attacks and strokes.

From: Glossary of Diabetes Terms WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Diabetes Association. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. xylitol.org. News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

SOURCES: American Diabetes Association. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. xylitol.org. News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

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