Diabetes and Its Effect on Heart
Health Diabetes is a condition that refers to high blood glucose (sugar) levels. It results from the body’s inability to produce and/or use insulin, a hormone that helps the body use glucose for energy.
People with diabetes have a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke than those who do not have diabetes. In fact, heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death and disability among people with type 2 diabetes, and the American Heart Association lists diabetes as one of the top six controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
The good news is that diabetes is treatable. However, it’s important to realize that even when blood sugar levels are under control, there is still some increased risk of heart disease and stroke. The reason? People with diabetes typically have other heart disease risk factors—such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking and physical inactivity—which contribute to their heart disease risk. By working with their endocrinologist and controlling their diabetes and other risk factors, people with diabetes can reduce their overall risk.
Treatment Options for Diabetes
Diabetes treatment begins the daily choices. Lifestyle changes are important in helping to control and reduce the progression of diabetes. These include:
- Losing weight
- Being physically active
- Eating a healthy diet
- Quitting smoking
These healthy behaviors are also essential in reducing other heart disease risk factors.
If lifestyle changes aren’t enough, diabetes treatment may include medications to control blood glucose levels.
Why Parrish Medical Center
Parrish Medical Center offers a comprehensive education program that teaches people with diabetes how to effectively manage their disease and supports both patients their families. PMC’s endocrinologists and other experts can help you schedule a screening and learn more about preventing or living with diabetes. And diabetes education classes are offered regularly.
Plus, PMC has earned The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification Gold Seal for healthcare quality in diabetes management, and is recognized by the American Diabetes Association.
One serious complication of diabetes is that a minor wound can turn into an ulcer, so treating minor and serious wounds is essential. That’s why patients can rest easy knowing the Parrish Wound Healing Center is a National Healing Corporation Wound Healing Center.
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