According to the American Diabetes Association, “Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the major cause of morbidity and mortality for individuals with diabetes and is the largest contributor to the direct and indirect costs of diabetes.” This is partly due to the fact that type 2 diabetes typically has coexisting conditions, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which contribute to heart disease.
The good news for patients with diabetes is that controlling these individual cardiovascular risk factors can prevent or slow the progression of heart disease. At Golden Apple Medicine, your internal medicine physician will assess your cardiovascular risk factors and develop a treatment plan that not only manages your diabetes, but also addresses other health conditions that could cause heart disease.
Facts About Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease
The National Diabetes Education Program reports the following connections between diabetes and cardiovascular disease:
- About 65 percent of people with diabetes die from heart disease and stroke.
- Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or suffer a stroke than people without diabetes.
- High blood glucose in adults with diabetes increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, angina, and coronary artery disease.
- People with type 2 diabetes also have high rates of high blood pressure, lipid problems, and obesity, which contribute to their high rates of CVD.
- Smoking doubles the risk of CVD in people with diabetes.
Symptoms of diabetes and cardiovascular disease may include chest pain, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat and swollen ankles.
Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes? Improve Your Heart Health…
Patients with type 2 diabetes can control their risk for heart disease by focusing on ABC treatment goals. Your internal medicine provider at Golden Apple Medicine can tell you more. Generally, ABC goals are as follows:
A – A1C (blood glucose) less than 7 percent
B – Blood pressure less than 130/88 mmHg
C – Cholesterol (LDL) less than 100 mg/dL
Meeting these ABC goals can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and events (e.g. heart attack and stroke), as well as the risk of diabetic kidney, eye and nerve disease.
Health Tips to Help You Meet Your ABC Goal
Your physician will go over specific actions you can take to meet your ABC goal at your diabetes and cardiovascular care consultation. These behavior changes may include:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Exercising 30 to 60 minutes per day
- Eating a fiber-rich diet
- Avoiding foods that are high in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol,
- sodium, and added sugar
- Smoking cessation
- Taking medication as directed
- Creating a support group of family and friends
Diabetes & Cardiovascular Care for Goodyear, AZ
Schedule your appointment for diabetes and cardiovascular care at Golden Apple Medicine in Goodyear, AZ, by calling 623-535-0504.