November has arrived, and along with the changing leaves, colder weather, and the holiday season, it’s also Diabetes Awareness Month. Throughout November in particular it is important to bring attention to the challenges with diabetes care, prevention, and support for yourself and/or a loved one.
You may not know it but there is a strong correlation between heart disease and diabetes. According to the CDC, (Diabetes and Your Heart), if you have diabetes you are twice as likely to have heart disease or a stroke as compared to someone who doesn’t have diabetes, and as you get older the odds increase even more.
There are other reasons the risk of heart disease in diabetics is high. For example, it is common for Individuals with diabetes to have other factors which on their own also increase the risk of heart disease such as high blood pressure. Additionally, the typical conditions which often contribute to heart disease on their own such as lack of physical activity and smoking tend to increase the risk to diabetics exponentially.
If you are living with diabetes, it’s important that you commit to a healthy lifestyle and exercise regularly, stay away from fatty foods with high cholesterol, and avoid smoking. You’ll also want to check in regularly with your doctor and healthcare professional, and monitor your overall health including blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight.
Diabetes care is always advancing so be sure to stay up to date on the best care options available.
Stay safe & be well,