NDEP| Heart Disease and Diabetes



I did not know that heart disease was the number one killer of people with diabetes I knew there was a connection diabetes is a major cause of heart disease I know this from experience having had a quadruple bypass I was not aware there was a link between heart disease and diabetes I was told by my health care team that diabetes will affect every part of your body but especially high blood sugars will cause thickening in the arteries which will lead to heart disease when I had open-heart surgery and then doctors told me there was a connection between diabetes and heart disease I was in the hospital I was diagnosed with a minor stroke and then they also told me I had diabetes my doctor has recommended a regime of physical therapy increasing exercise they told me what not to eat what to eat exercise and try not to stress out that I walk every day watch my food maintain my blood sugar control and take statin drugs a statin and also metformin and a little baby aspirin I monitor my food and exercise daily by going online every day and using an online application I eat regularly I don't do a lot of snacks I try to make sure that I take one portion to each meal laying off of the candy because I like I like the candy I still do have a better breakfast than I used to eat a lot of fruit in the morning no fried foods a lot of fruit a lot of healthier choices and lunch time there's a lot of green salad a lot of fresh vegetables and no meat what I'd like people to know about diabetes and heart disease is that the diet in the lifestyle that leads to heart disease also creates the diabetes that you know they're not alone definitely is a life change it can cripple your dreams of what you want to do in life it can change your career path it could lead to something worse so if you if you keep doing what you're doing it you know you might not be here it doesn't have to be that way you can face it early on and take better steps than I did to control it I want you to take a look around and see if what you're eating and ingesting in your body is something that's really good for you in the long run and then what you do at a younger age will have an effect as you get older

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