|Press Article on World Heart Day 2012|
Friday, 28 September 2012
To mark World Heart Day 2012, Dr. Srikanth's Diabetes Specialities Centre – Vijayawada, urges you to take action to save the lives of people with diabetes from heart diseases. Making even just a few changes can help to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke in people with diabetes: encourage healthy eating and physical activity, and ban tobacco use. We understand that this is sometimes easier said than done, but we hope that the tips below will help you make a start.
If you have diabetes, you are at least twice as likely as someone who does not have diabetes to have heart disease. People with diabetes also tend to develop heart disease at an earlier age than other people. If you are middle-aged and have type 2 diabetes, some studies suggest that your chance of having a heart attack is as high as someone without diabetes who has already had one heart attack. People with diabetes who have already had one heart attack run an even greater risk of having a second one. In addition, heart attacks in people with diabetes are more serious and more likely to result in death.
Diabetes itself is a risk factor for heart disease. Also, many people with diabetes have other conditions like central obesity, abnormal blood fat (cholesterol) levels, high blood pressure, Smoking that increase their chance of developing heart disease.What can I do to prevent or delay heart disease and stroke? Even if you are at high risk for heart disease and stroke, you can help keep your heart and blood vessels healthy. You can do so by taking the following steps: Make sure that your diet is "heart-healthy.", Make physical activity part of your routine, Reach and maintain a healthy body weight, If you smoke- quit, Ask your doctor whether you should take aspirin, Get prompt treatment for transient ischemic attacks (TIAs). Keep your A1C target Below 7 percent, Blood glucose targets 90 to 130 mg/dL Before meals and Less than 180 mg/dL 1 to 2 hours after the start of a meal, Blood pressure target Below 130/80 mm Hg, Bad cholesterol targets Under 100 mg/dL. ONE WORLD ONE HOME ONE HEART.