There are over 25 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes. A staggering 80% of these diabetics will be affected by, and likely die from, the result of various forms of heart disease; many will die suddenly, a result of heart attack or stroke.
People with diabetes are 2 to 4 times more likely to suffer from heart disease. According to information provided by the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is a major problem for diabetics, even if blood sugar levels are being controlled. Some of the heart disease effects are a result of poor diet, high cholesterol, increasing blood pressure, insulin resistance, and obesity.
Tips To Prevent Heart Disease and Diabetes
Fortunately, there are several steps diabetics can take to control blood sugar, decrease insulin resistance, minimize metabolic syndrome and limit the harmful effects of heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, several of these steps include:
Lowering LDL (Bad Cholesterol) and Increasing HDL (Good Cholesterol)
Maintaining Healthy Blood Pressure Levels.
It is recommended that people strive to maintain blood sugar, eat a healthy diet and maintain a safe, healthy weight to avoid developing diabetes. Should you develop type 1 or type 2 diabetes, immediately take steps to improve heart health and prevent cardiovascular disease.