Diabetes isn’t an isolated disease as I’ve tried to convey in earlier posts. It affects your eyesight, your circulation, your blood pressure and even your brain. It also is tied to heart disease. February is National Heart Month, so I need to share some important information with you.
- Type 2 diabetes independently increases the risk of heart disease in pre-menopausal women and those in the first years of menopause, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions 2013.
- When there is not enough insulin or the body does not use insulin efficiently, blood glucose levels build up in the bloodstream which, if left untreated, can lead to a host of life-threatening complications like kidney disease, unhealthy cholesterol levels, heart disease and stroke, just to name a few.
- Heart diseases and stroke are the No. 1 causes of death and disability among people with type 2 diabetes. In fact, at least 65 percent of people with diabetes die from some form of heart disease or stroke.
That’s quite a relationship, isn’t it? Well, we need to break this couple up by taking care of our heart health and our diabetes. Stay mindful of your health and pass this information along as a token of your love.