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Protecting heart functions

Protecting heart functions from diabetes and other health complications for the general good health of the body

Protecting heart functions from diabetes: Blood sugar control

Diabetes diseases is a serious threat to the heart functions. And because of the increase in diabetes infections, protecting heart functions from it must be prioritized. We spoke to the experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury about this and it is evident that if one has diabetes, he/she be on treatment program by controlling blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. These will help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases. Doing this will mean that the patient must be physically active, eat a healthy diet, stop smoking and ensure a healthy weight. Besides these, the following are also important.

Family history

Coming from a family history of the cardiovascular disease makes you have higher risks of developing cardiovascular diseases like coronary heart disease, angina, heart attack, heart failure and stroke. You will be considered to have a family history of cardiovascular disease if: Your father or brother was under the age of 55 when they were diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or your mother or sister was under the age of 65 when they were diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. If this is the case, you need to consult with your physician immediately for timely evaluation.

Protecting heart functions from diabetes: Effects of family history

Genes can pass on the risk of cardiovascular disease, and they can also be responsible for passing on other conditions such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. There’s no single gene that increases your risk of getting heart disease. It’s likely that several genes are responsible. Lifestyle habits, such as smoking or poor diet passed on from one generation to the next can also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Protecting heart functions from diabetes: What you can do about family history?

This is very important but unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about your family history. Having a family history of cardiovascular disease is sometimes called a ‘non-modifiable’ risk factor meaning that it’s a risk factor that you can’t change. However, whilst you can’t change your family’s background, you can choose your lifestyle.  So even if you have a family history, you can reduce your risk of getting the cardiovascular disease by controlling other risk factors by:

  • Being physically active
  • Eating well
  • Keeping to a healthy weight and body shape
  • Not smoking
  • Managing high blood pressure
  • Managing high cholesterol, and
  • Controlling diabetes, if you have it.

Finally, your risk of developing cardiovascular disease also depends on other things including your age. According to the several research findings, it has been established that the older you are, the more likely you are to develop cardiovascular disease. Therefore it is advisable that you be on top of everything when it comes to protecting your health. Talking to the experts is one way of being in the know. I would want to beseech you to call the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center and schedule an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury for a comprehensive review of your health and treatment where is applicable.

Protecting heart functions from diabetes: Blood sugar control

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