Heart disease is the # 1 cause of death for those with diabetes
Approximately one in two people with type 2 diabetes will die of heart disease — which includes heart attack, heart failure, and stroke. Studies show that people with diabetes may develop the disease 10 to 15 years earlier than people without diabetes. Yet unfortunately, almost half of Canadians with type 2 diabetes are unaware that their diabetes alone significantly increases their risk of heart disease.
Controlling blood sugar levels is important, but it doesn’t necessarily mean your heart is protected
Keeping blood sugar levels in the target range set by you and your doctor can help delay or prevent some complications of diabetes (such as problems with your eyes or kidneys). This means eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, testing and monitoring your blood sugar, maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress, and taking diabetes medications as prescribed by your doctor. While controlling blood sugar is important in managing diabetes, it alone may not be enough to protect your heart.
You may need to do more to lower your risk of heart-related diseases, which is why it’s important to talk to your doctor at your next appointment.
There’s more you can do to help control diabetes and heart disease
The good news is that recent advances have been made in managing the risk of death from heart disease in people with diabetes. According to updated Diabetes Canada guidelines, there are recommended diabetes treatments that can reduce the risk of dying from heart disease.
Don’t skip a beat
Think about what matters the most to you. Maybe it’s improving your health and lifestyle, exploring the world, or spending more time with family. No matter what motivates you, remember that your heart matters. Take care of your heart so you can enjoy life to the fullest.
Discuss your options with your doctor
If you have type 2 diabetes, speak to your doctor about steps you can take to help manage your risk of heart disease and protect your heart health for the long term.
Use the Risk Assessment Tool at myheartmatters.ca to find out your risk of type 2 diabetes-related heart disease.
Learn more about managing your risk of heart disease at myheartmatters.ca.