Speak about hard work there is no better example except your heart, which works nonstop for 24*7. So like any other machine we need to take better care of our heart and check its performance from time to time.

Heart health should always be a concern, but for people with diabetes, it is extremely important. Diabetes is a disorder in which your body does not produce or process enough insulin correctly and is often directly connected to cardiovascular disease. In fact, a person with diabetes has twice the chance of developing heart disease as someone without this condition.

When should I have a heart and diabetes check?

You should get a heart and diabetes checks if you are in one of these groups:

Maori, Pacific and Indo-Asian men over 35 and women over 45

Your daily habits add on to the risk such as smoking, exercise, and diet

European men over 45 and European women over 55

Diabetics develop cardiovascular disease at a much earlier age than others.

A diabetic who has had a previous heart attack has a much greater risk of having another

If there is any family history of heart attack, stroke or diabetes

A Heart And Diabetes Check is quick, painless and it might just save your life – so go on, call your family doctor or nurse for a heart health and diabetes check.

Some Tips To Be Healthier

You can't control everything that can impact your health, such as your genetic makeup, your age, or even your family history of diabetes. However, you can take few steps to reach your full health potential that may result in adding years to your life and improving its quality, even if you have been diagnosed to have diabetes.

Becoming a healthier you isn't as difficult as you might think if you follow these simple tips.

• Be active. We must aim for about 30 minutes of exercise most days.

• Consider low-dose aspirin.

• Eat a heart-healthy diet. Reduce consumption of high-fat and cholesterol-laden foods such as fried foods, fishes, meats and eggs, and eat more food with high-fiber, including whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.

• If you’re overweight then try to shed some pounds. Seek the help of a registered dietitian to come up with a healthy and most reasonable diet that you can easily maintain.

• Try to keep the blood cholesterol levels within target ranges. LDL (bad) cholesterol must be below 100; HDL (good) cholesterol must be higher than 40 in men and well higher than 50 in women. Triglycerides should be lower than 150.

• Maintain your blood glucose level within the target range. Your doctor can help you to determine the right range. Most people should aim for an A1C that is seven or below.

• Maintain a controlled blood pressure level. Try to have a blood pressure less than 40/90

• Quit smoking. Talk to your doctor about getting help when you’re ready to quit.

If you have diabetes and develop heart disease, treatment — first and foremost — will include lifestyle and changes such as those being mentioned above. You might as well need medication to lower your blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol level etc. and to treat any heart damage. In some cases, you may or might need surgery or another medical procedure to treat heart disease. Treatment vary for each person, depending on the type of cardiovascular complication that you might have.

Lastly, some great man said PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE SO if you think you are having a heart attack, then seek medical help immediately because an early treatment can decrease the chances of potential damage to your heart.

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