Did You Know?
Did you know?
Did you Know?
Heart and Blood Vessel Damage –
People with diabetes are at greater risk of developing heart disease and having a stroke, heart attack, and blood clots (especially in
the legs). High blood sugar levels damage blood vessels. This is the starting point for hardening of the arteries. Also, with diabetes your blood chemistry can change causing cholesterol and triglyceride levels to increase. These changes contribute to the development of heart disease.
Symptoms of heart and blood vessel damage include infections, itchy skin, shiny legs that lose their hair, pain in calf muscles with
exercise, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and high blood pressure. Prevention is the best and perhaps only
cure. Here are some tips: 1) keep blood sugar levels within or close to normal ranges, 2) do not smoke, 3) eat a healthy diet, 4) control blood pressure, 5) strive to keep total cholesterol below 200, 6) exercise regularly, and 7) lose weight if you need to.
Sources: 1) American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org; 2) Duyff R. The American Dietetic Association's Complete Food & Nutrition Guide.