Women and Diabetes: A Healthy Dose of Truth
Here are a few sobering statistics about diabetes and women's heart health:
- Women with diabetes have five times the risk of heart disease as other women.
- Almost ¾ of deaths in women with diabetes are due to cardiovascular disease.
- Women with diabetes have a higher risk of heart attack at a younger age than women who don’t have diabetes.
- A person with diabetes has the same elevated of risk of heart attack as a person who has already had one heart attack.
Yes, these facts can seem scary. But if you manage your diabetes, you can decrease your risk for heart disease and stroke. Keeping balance between all the responsibilities women have is no easy feat, but it may be lifesaving — literally.
To help you deal with this complex disease, we offer "Healthy Living with Diabetes" workshops 3 – 4 times a year. If interested, please contact us.
What is Diabetes?
Simply put, diabetes is having too much sugar in the blood stream. It can be caused by a number of different contributing factors, such as insufficient insulin production by the pancreas. There are two major types: Type 1 and Type 2. Though there are some management differences, especially with medications, management of blood sugars, cholesterol, and blood pressure are important factors in the treatment of both types.