Diabetes and Heart Health: Navigating the Connection

Diabetes increases the blood glucose level which damages blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart and blood vessels. The data from the National Heart Association from 2012 shows that 65% of people with diabetes will die from some sort of heart disease or stroke. Experts say that the risk of heart issues or strokes is twice that of normal people. As diabetic people have a strong chance of developing heart issues, it is important for them to have regular medical check-ups. This regular check-up will help them to avoid any life-threatening health condition. For the medical check, you can connect with Neotia Getwel Multispecialty Hospital at any time. They have 24*7 emergency services. In this blog, we will focus on how diabetes helps with heart issues & how you can take control of it.


How does diabetes impact your heart health?

High blood sugar damages your blood vessels & nerves that control your heart. Apart from these diabetes tends to develop many other diseases that increase heart risks. The diseases are-

Blood pressure: Diabetes increases the force of blood in your artery and it damages the walls of the artery. At the same time, many times diabetes causes damage by scarring the kidneys, which in turn leads to salt and water retention, which in turn raises blood pressure. It has also been diagnosed that diabetes helps in the build-up of fatty material inside your blood vessels, narrowing them. The narrower the blood vessels, the more the pressure builds up. In a nutshell, there are many chances of developing blood pressure if you have diabetes and both diseases impact heart health adversely.

Obesity: If you have uncontrolled diabetes, there are chances for you to get overweight and this increases the chances of heart issues significantly.


What is heart disease?

Heart disease is a set of health issues which impacts heart health adversely. As per a WHO report, Cardiovascular diseases are a major health concern in our country. WHO has also stated that India accounts for about one-fifth of the 17.9 million deaths caused by heart attacks globally.

The most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease. This disease forms over a period of time. In this, the eatery gets filled with plaque which reduces the blood supply to the heart.


What are the shared links between diabetes & heart health?

High blood pressure (hypertension): Many times it has been seen that high blood pressure (hypertension) creates insulin resistance in the patient’s body and leads to diabetes and diabetes impacts the artery adversely and leads to heart diseases. So, it can be stated that blood pressure is one of the shared connections between diabetes & heart health.

Cholesterol and triglyceride levels: Cholesterol & triglyceride makes plaque in the arteries and is a major factor in developing insulin resistance. This insulin resistance develops blood sugar and increases the chances of damage to heart health.

Obesity or a body mass index (BMI) over 30: Obesity is the cause of type 2 diabetes. In type 2 diabetes body doesn’t produce enough insulin and cells respond poorly to insulin and take in less sugar. So, if you are obese, there are many chances of having or developing type 2 diabetes and as mentioned before, it will increase the chances of heart issues.

After surgery precautions at home

As we have discussed diabetes & heart issues go hand in hand. However, you can manage it through some minor changes in your daily routine. The changes are-

Physical activity: Physical activity is one of the most important factors which helps us to stay fit. Regular physical activity helps in increasing the oxygen supply in the body which helps in managing heart health, reduces blood pressure, helps in reducing the body weight or managing the right body weight for you and also helps in reducing the stress hormone as well. At the same time, physical activity makes your body more active or sensitive towards insulin. It means your body uses more blood sugar for energy and the circle keeps working which helps in keeping diabetes at bay. In short, physical activity helps in managing both heart issues & diabetes at the same time.

Right diet: The right helps you manage the right body weight, lowers the cholesterol level, reduces the risk of diabetes or helps in managing diabetes and also reduces blood pressure as well. Are you thinking about what should you eat? Here is the list-
1. Eat plenty of fruits such as apples, bananas, oranges, pears, grapes etc.
2. It is important to eat plenty of vegetables. Green leafy vegetables play an important role in managing our health. So, consume vegetables such as spinach, collard greens, kale, cabbage carrots etc.
3. Cut down on the sugar quotient
4. Try to eat whole grains such as plain oatmeal, brown rice, and whole-grain bread or tortillas.
5. Always choose fat-free or low-fat dairy foods such as milk, cheese or yoghurt.
6. It is important to have healthy protein such as fish which is high in omega-3 fatty acids.
7. Lean meats such as 95% lean ground beef or pork tenderloin or skinless chicken or turkey and eggs help in managing a balanced diet.
8. You can also consume nuts, seeds, and soy products (tofu)
9. Legumes such as kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, black-eyed peas and lima beans are beneficial for our health.

Managing a healthy diet doesn’t mean that you have to cut down the fat consumption. Zero fat consumption will impact your health negatively. So, it is important to consume good fat. Oils and foods high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which is beneficial for your health & specifically your heart. The list is-
1. You can use canola, corn, olive, safflower, sesame, sunflower, and soybean oils (not coconut or palm oil) for cooking your food.
2. Nuts are one of the best sources of good fat. You can consume walnuts, almonds, and pine nuts
3. Nut and seed butter is also beneficial
4. You can consume seeds like sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, or flax seed daily. However, do not forget to consult with your doctor.
5. Tofu


Are you looking for a healthcare professional for the right assistance?

Although the right lifestyle helps a lot to manage heart health & diabetes to an extent. However, it is important for a patient to consult with a doctor for the right medication. Without medication, it is impossible to handle diabetes or heart disease. For the right medical assistance you can go to Neotia Getwel Multispecialty Hospital, they have several experienced doctors.

As the death rate due to heart disease is increasing in India. So it is important for you to have a regular heart check. Neotia Getwel Multispecialty Hospital has a strong cardiology department. They have a speciality in ECG, ECHO Cardiography, Holter Monitoring, Treat Mill Test (TMT), Coronary Angiography, Peripheral Angioplasty, Coronary angioplasty (Primary and complex), peripheral angioplasty, permanent pacemaker implantation, Implantable Cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD implantation), Device Closure (ASD, VSD, PDA), Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG), valve replacement and cardiac surgery (Adult).

Final words: Diabetes & heart health are closely interrelated. If you have any of them you need strong medical assistance and the right lifestyle to deal with it. Even if you do not have any such issues, you should be very careful about your foods & should lead a healthy lifestyle. Do not forget to have a whole-body checkup once a year. This will help you to detect any issues at an early stage.



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