Tuesday, July 26, 2011

You can do a lot to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke

Keep blood glucose under control. You can see if your blood glucose is controlled by the A1C test at least twice a year. The A1C test tells your average blood glucose over the past 2 to 3 months. The goal for most people with diabetes is below 7. In some people with heart disease or other special circumstances, your doctor may recommend slightly higher levels of A1C

Keep your blood pressure under control. Have it checked at every doctor visit. The target for most people with diabetes is below 130/80.

Keep your cholesterol under control. Have it checked at least once a year. The targets for most people with diabetes are

LDL-bad-cholesterol: below 100
HDL-good-cholesterol: above 40 in men and above 50 in women
triglycerides-another type of fat in the blood: below 150

Make physical activity part of your daily routine. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Ask your doctor about what activities are best for you. Take a half-hour walk every day. Or walk for 10 minutes after each meal. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Park at the other end of the plot.

Make sure the foods you eat are "heart healthy." Include foods high in fiber, like oat bran, oatmeal, whole grain breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables. Reduce consumption of foods rich in saturated fat or cholesterol, such as meat, butter, fat dairy products, eggs, butter, lard, and foods with palm oil or coconut oil. Limit foods with trans fats, such as sandwiches and baked goods.

Lose weight if necessary. If you are overweight, try to exercise most days of the week. Consult a registered dietitian for help in planning meals and reducing fat and calories in your diet to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Ask your doctor about taking an aspirin every day. Studies have shown that taking a low dose of aspirin every day can help reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Diabetes Problems Heart and Blood vessels

Too much glucose in the blood for a long time can induce diabetes problems. This high blood glucose, also called blood sugar, can harm many parts of the body, such as the heart, blood vessels, eyes, and kidneys. Heart and blood vessel disease can lead to heart attacks and strokes, the leading causes of death for people with diabetes. You can do a band to prevent or slow down diabetes problems.

High blood glucose can cause heart and blood vessel problems.

You will observe the things you can do each day and during each year to stay healthy and prevent diabetes problems.

Your heart and blood vessels make up your circulatory system. Your heart is a muscle that pumps blood through your body. Your heart pumps blood carrying oxygen to large blood vessels, called arteries, and small blood vessels, called capillaries. Other blood vessels, called veins, carry blood back to the heart.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What does smoking have to do with problems of diabetes

Smoking and diabetes are a dangerous combination. Smoking raises your risk for diabetes problems. If you quit smoking, you'll lower your risk for heart attack, stroke, nerve disease, and kidney disease. Your cholesterol and your blood pressure levels may improve. Your blood circulation will also improve.

Things that affect your blood glucose and circulation level
  • eating more or less than usual
  • forgetting to take your diabetes medicine
  • exercising-write down what kind and for how long
  • being sick or upset about something-being under stress
  • going to a social event or other special event, or being on vacation