How Diabetes & Heart Attack Are Linked

People suffering from diabetes generally have higher than usual levels of glucose in their bodies. This can increase their heart disease risk factor since high glucose can cause stiffening of their arteries and damage their blood vessels over time. This can eventually lead to the formation of blockages that can disrupt the flow of blood to and from the heart and lead to cardiac breakdowns like heart attacks and stroke.

link between diabetes & heart attackThese lifestyle changes can help lower your risk for heart disease or keep it from getting worse, as well as help you manage diabetes:

  • Follow a healthy diet.
  • Aim for a healthy weight.
  • Get active.

Manage your ABCs:

  • Get a regular A1C test to measure your average blood sugar over 2 to 3 months; aim to stay in your target range as much as possible.
  • Try to keep your blood pressure below 140/90 mm Hg (or the target your doctor sets).
  • Manage your cholesterol levels.
  • Stop smoking or don’t start.

Manage stress.

Stress can raise your blood pressure and can also lead to unhealthy behaviors, such as drinking too much alcohol or overeating. Instead, visit a mental health counselor, try meditation or deep breathing, get some physical activity, or get support from friends and family.



More by :  Dr. Dinesh Kacha

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