(CMR) If you have diabetes, you are at risk of getting a heart attack or a stroke.
In fact, most people with diabetes have a very high risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke in 10 years, a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology suggests.
Type 2 diabetes is one of the main factors causing arteriosclerosis, a build-up inside the arteries, leading to stroke, heart attacks, or circulation problems in the legs and kidneys.
If you have type 2 diabetes, many of the steps you’re already taking to manage your blood sugar can also help reduce your risk of heart disease. Here are some other strategies recommended by Everyday Health:
-Find a healthcare provider you trust. Establishing a relationship with a primary care provider is crucial if you’re managing a chronic condition such as diabetes. According to the American Psychological Association, if you belong to a community that experiences minority stress — which has been linked with both type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease — look for a provider who practices culturally competent care.-Quit smoking. According to the CDC, smoking brings a two to four times greater risk of heart disease and stroke. That extra risk drops significantly within one year after quitting and drops off completely within two to five years.-Crank up the exercise. You can’t cut out a longtime habit without filling in the previously filled space with something else. Working out is probably the best, most healthful thing you could use to fill that gap. At least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise are recommended for a person. -Consider a Mediterranean diet. According to the Mayo Clinic, a widely recommended eating style for cardiovascular health is the Mediterranean diet, which focuses on plant-based health food and reducing most animal-based foods. To get started, swap in olive oil, nuts, and fatty fish and swap out butter and red meat.
-Limit alcohol intake. While the relationship between moderate alcohol consumption and cardiovascular health is murkier, there’s no doubt that heavy drinking — that’s anything more than one 12-ounce beer or 4 ounces of wine per day, according to John Hopkins University Johns Hopkins University — has been linked to high blood pressure, heart failure, and stroke.
It is important to take care of your health. Even the tiny things you do could make a difference in how well your body works. Always take care of yourself!