Why Does Diabetes Increase The Risk For Heart Disease

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Diabetes And Heart Disease

Diabetes seems to be everywhere – and it is. As many as 6 million adults in the U.S. may have diabetes and not even know it. Why all the fuss? Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than adults without the condition. But the good news is that by working with your healthcare provider, diabetes is highly controllable. Types of diabetes Type 1. There are two types of diabetes. The less common of the two is type 1 diabetes, which occurs when the pancreas produces very little or no insulin. It is a life-long, chronic condition most often diagnosed in children. Type 2. The second form of diabetes, type 2, is the one everyone’s talking about, as the number of adolescents and adults developing the condition continues to skyrocket. Type 2 diabetes is far more common, with one in four developing the condition. It is still primarily diagnosed in middle-aged adults. How does diabetes develop? Most of what you eat is converted into glucose by your body and is then used for energy. In order to use glucose efficiently, the pancreas produces a hormone called insulin, which carries glucose from the blood into the cells of the body. Diabetes resu Continue reading >>

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    Statistics have shown that the leading causes of death among people with diabetes are heart disease and stroke. That is because people with diabetes often times have hypertension, elevated cholesterol, and they smoke and are obese. Anyone with diabetes in combination with one or more of these risk factors will increase the likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke. Evidence has also shown an increased inflammation of the arterial lining of patients with diabetes, a process that leads to heart disease.
    So what can you do to reduce the risk of having a heart disease?
    Keep your blood pressure under 120/80.
    Keep your blood sugar in a normal range and A1C less than 6.5 percent or 7 percent (check with your doctor).
    Keep your cholesterol in the healthy range, especially your LDL under 100.
    Follow a low-fat diet, especially fats that come from animal products such as bacon, skin of chicken, sausages. Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products.
    If you smoke, quit.

    If you are overweight or obese, start with losing 10 percent of your current weight.

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