Diabetes and Heart Disease

by birtanpublished on August 16, 2020

People who have diabetes have a higher chance of developing many health problems including heart disease this video will show you how heart disease can develop how it affects your health and what you can do to help reduce your risk of heart disease

If you have diabetes it means your blood glucose or blood sugar is elevated over time high blood sugar can damage the blood vessels of your heart and other organs leading to other health problems

This means the longer you have diabetes the greater your risk for heart disease there are different types of heart disease including coronary heart disease cardiomyopathy arrhythmias and heart failure

Coronary heart disease is a buildup of a cholesterol filled substance called plaque inside the blood vessels of your heart the buildup of plaque in coronary heart disease can increase your risk of having a heart attack

Cardiomyopathy refers to diseases of your heart muscle cardiomyopathy may lead to abnormal heartbeats called arrhythmias cardiomyopathy may also lead to heart failure

This means your weakened heart can't pump enough blood to meet your body's needs having both diabetes and heart disease can affect you in many ways you will have a higher risk for other

Serious health problems such as a heart attack stroke and even death it may be harder for you to go about your daily activities you may need help taking care of yourself

You may also need to take more medications living with these conditions may cause depression the good news is that there are things you can do to help lower your risk for

Heart disease for example you may need to make changes to your lifestyle if you smoke get the help you need to quit both smoking and diabetes can narrow your blood vessels which can increase your chance of developing heart

Disease or stroke maintain or get to a healthy weight follow a healthy eating plan and get regular physical activity check with your health care provider about the right amount of physical activity for

You make sure you work with your health care provider to control your blood sugar cholesterol and blood pressure this includes taking all medications prescribed by your health care provider including insulin and pills to help

Lower blood sugar blood pressure and cholesterol following the treatment plan you and your health care provider discussed will help you feel better and reduce your risk of getting heart disease

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