Ten percent of all deaths in Canada can be traced back to complications from diabetes, It’s a stunning statistic that shows how diabetes can lead to so much more.
People with diabetes are over three times more likely to be hospitalized with heart disease, 12 times more likely to be hospitalized with end-stage renal disease, and over 20 times more likely to be hospitalized for a non-traumatic lower limb amputation compared to the general population.
Controlling diabetes is key to avoiding so many more complications. It’s one of the reasons I’m so passionate about my work with Diabetes Canada. It’s not only about sugar taxes, or promoting exercise, or getting kids looked after in school, it’s about getting all of us to be healthier, live longer, and with fewer complications.
Sound on! Diabetes contributes to 30% of strokes and 40% of heart attacks in Canada. It can all add up. Don’t get beat by diabetes. Talk to your doctor. pic.twitter.com/TLWpCqqMUy
— Diabetes Canada (@DiabetesCanada) December 20, 2017
Once you have diabetes, management is so important.
Studies show that people with diabetes may develop heart disease 10 to 15 years earlier than people without diabetes, but only 50 per cent of Canadians with type 2 diabetes are aware of it.
So here’s some awareness:
- Approximately one in two people with type 2 diabetes die due to heart disease.,
- People with diabetes are over three times more likely to be hospitalized for heart health problems than people without diabetes.
- Type 2 diabetes can lead to an early death from heart disease.
How can people with type 2 diabetes reduce their risk of developing heart disease?
For people with type 2 diabetes, managing blood sugar alone may not be enough to protect the heart.
Diabetes Canada recommends that people with diabetes ask their doctor about the ABCDEs, that may help reduce their risk of heart disease.
ABCDEs to reduce the risk:
A – A1C: Control blood glucose levels and keep A1C around 7 per cent or less. A1C is a blood test that is an index of the average blood glucose level over the last 120 days
B – Blood pressure: Keep blood pressure to less than 130/80 mmHg
C – Cholesterol: LDL (bad) cholesterol target is 2.0 mmol/L or less
D – Drugs to protect your heart: Speak with your doctor about medication options to help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke
E – Exercise: Regular physical activity, along with healthy diet, and achievement and maintenance of a healthy body weight
S – Smoking and stress: Avoid smoking and manage stress effectively
Talk To Your Doctor, Assess Your Risk
While controlling blood sugar is important in managing diabetes, it may not be enough to protect the heart. The good news is that recent advances have been made in managing the risk of death from heart disease in people with diabetes.
Canadians with type 2 diabetes should speak with their doctor about steps they can take to help manage their risk of heart disease.
Visit myheartmatters.ca to learn more.
This post is sponsored by an alliance of two of Canada’s leading research-based pharmaceutical companies, but opinions are my own.