November is National Diabetes Month, a time to bring attention to Diabetes and my favorite month of the year! WHY, because my passion is to help others prevent and manage Diabetes so they can live longer, healthier and happier!
This year the focus is on the link between Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. Cardiovascular Disease affects the heart or blood vessels and includes heart attacks, strokes, congenital heart defects and peripheral artery disease. Adults with Diabetes tend to develop Cardiovascular Disease at a younger age, and their most common causes of death are heart disease and stroke. The reasons are chronic elevated blood sugar damages the blood vessels that control the heart and they both share common risk factors.
These risk factors include:
Family history Age
Inactivity High blood pressure
Elevated cholesterol Smoking
Stress Kidney Disease
The GOOD NEWS… There are steps you can take now to significantly lower your risks. These include:
1. Control your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol
2. Develop or maintain healthy lifestyle habits
3. Maintain healthy body weight
4. Learn ways to manage stress
5. Take medications as prescribed
6. Stop smoking or using other tobacco products
7. Attend your healthcare provider, Diabetes team/specialist visits
All these steps together with your “why” make if possible, to live longer healthier and happier with Diabetes and lower risks of cardiovascular disease!