Taking Diabetes to Heart
November is National Diabetes Month and this year’s focus is on Taking Diabetes to Heart – linking diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Individuals diagnosed with diabetes are at a greater risk to develop heart disease and to have a greater chance of heart attack or stroke. Over time, an elevated blood glucose from diabetes can cause damage to the blood vessels and nerves that control the heart.
5 Key Tips to Help Manage Diabetes
The National Institute of Health provides 5 key tips to help manage diabetes, as well as reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke.
- Know Your Numbers – manage your A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Work with your health care provider to establish and determine what your goals should be.
- Develop and/or maintain healthy lifestyle habits – follow your healthy eating plan and make physical activity a priority in your daily routine.
- Find ways to manage stress – examples could include deep breathing, gardening, taking a walk, doing yoga or listening to your favorite music. Find what works for you.
- Stay on top of your medications – take medicines as prescribed by your doctor.
- Stop smoking or using other tobacco products – 1-800-QUITNOW and smokefree.gov are great resources to help.