We (India) are the diabetes capital of the world with almost 70 million recorded diabetes patients. Heart diseases are another leading cause of death in our country.
Diabetes and heart diseases are both lethal killers in their own right (or in conjunction). Read on to learn how you can avoid some of their most telling risk factors.
In diabetes, the body is either unable to produce or regulate insulin leading to accumulation of blood glucose. This manifests itself as problems of the kidneys, eyes, heart, liver etc.
Heart diseases primarily have two mechanical issues at their core - either the arteries have partial or full blockage of the flow or the heart’s ability to pump blood is affected. These two can be caused by multiple factors but when any of the two conditions happen, heart attacks, failure or strokes happen
Heart disease is a high probability complication for diabetics especially if their condition is not managed. Those with diabetes have inadequate insulin to provide to muscle cells. The liver finds an alternate source of energy, by combining fats with cholesterol. What this means is when blood glucose shoots up, so can your cholesterol.
Over time, this causes blockages, affecting the flow of blood to the heart. The high blood glucose also chips away at your blood vessels that control the heart. The lining of the blood vessels may become thicker.
Manage your diabetes and blood sugar level - that should be the single-minded focus when it is diagnosed. While it does not matter at what age you get it, the longer you suffer from diabetes, higher are your chances of damage - so take great care.
Here are some steps you need to take:
If you feel any discomfort, especially in the chest or heart, immediately get a medical consultation.