A diabetic stroke is the same as other strokes, occurring when blood flow to a part of the brain is interrupted and causing damage to brain tissue, according to the American Diabetes Association. However, diabetics have a 1.5 times greater risk of stroke than non-diabetics.
Diabetes significantly increases the risk of stroke, but the specific reasons for this are unclear, reports the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes is known to compound other stroke risk factors such as a family history of stroke, African American heritage, being overweight, and smoking. Having a transient ischemic attack, or TIA, is another dangerous warning sign that a stroke is imminent. Maintaining a balanced blood sugar level, a normal range blood pressure, and a healthy cholesterol level helps to reduce the risk of stroke for diabetics and for the general population.