Diabetes And Your Heart
In a person with diabetes, the heart often has to work harder because of high blood sugar. High blood pressure and smoking cigarettes can contribute to heart problems, along with having high cholesterol (fats in your blood) and being overweight. Your heart is a big muscle that circulates blood through your body. Your blood carries oxygen to all of your organs, something that is necessary for life.
How can you prevent heart problems?
- Keep your blood sugar and blood pressure as close to normal as possible.
- Keep your cholesterol and other blood fats as close to normal as possible.
- Take all medications as directed by your doctor. • Ask your doctor if you should take an aspirin every day to protect your heart.
- Eat a healthy diet. You may want to consult a registered dietitian to find out what foods are best for you.
- Don’t smoke. Ask your doctor for help in quitting if you find that you can’t stop on your own.
- Exercise for 30 minutes every day. Ask your doctor for an exercise program that is best for you.
- Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of heart problems including shortness of breath, dizziness, pain in your chest, arms or shoulder, trouble talking, or weakness in one arm or one leg.
If you have high blood pressure, your doctor may tell you to take medication to lower it. He or she may ask you to also lose weight, or make other lifestyle changes.