Your Heart Mat­ters

Di­a­betes can be a real heart­breaker. Many Cana­di­ans don’t know about the strong con­nec­tion be­tween heart dis­ease and type 2 di­a­betes. The in­for­ma­tion be­low may sur­prise you and it could be life-sav­ing.

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HEART DIS­EASE IS THE # 1 CAUSE OF DEATH FOR THOSE WITH DI­A­BETES

Ap­prox­i­mately one in two peo­ple with type 2 di­a­betes will die of heart dis­ease—which in­cludes heart at­tack, heart fail­ure, and stroke. Stud­ies show that peo­ple with di­a­betes may de­velop the dis­ease 10 to 15 years ear­lier than peo­ple with­out di­a­betes. Yet un­for­tu­nately, al­most half of Cana­di­ans with type 2 di­a­betes are un­aware that XLIMV HMEFIXIW EPSRI WMKRMƤGERXP] MRGVIEWIW XLIMV risk of heart dis­ease.

CON­TROL­LING BLOOD SUGAR LEV­ELS IS IM­POR­TANT, BUT IT DOESN’T NEC­ES­SAR­ILY MEAN YOUR HEART IS PRO­TECTED

Keep­ing blood sugar lev­els in the tar­get range set by you and your doc­tor can help de­lay or pre­vent some com­pli­ca­tions of di­a­betes (such as prob­lems with your eyes or kid­neys). This means eat­ing a healthy diet, get­ting reg­u­lar ex­er­cise, test­ing and mon­i­tor­ing your blood sugar, main­tain­ing a healthy weight, manag­ing stress, and tak­ing di­a­betes med­i­ca­tions as pre­scribed by your doc­tor. While con­trol­ling blood sugar is im­por­tant in manag­ing di­a­betes, it alone may not be enough to pro­tect your heart. You may need to do more to lower your risk of heart-re­lated dis­eases, which is why it’s im­por­tant to talk to your doc­tor at your next ap­point­ment.

THERE’S MORE YOU CAN DO TO HELP CON­TROL DI­A­BETES AND HEART DIS­EASE

The good news is that re­cent ad­vances have been made in manag­ing the risk of death from heart dis­ease in peo­ple with di­a­betes. Ac­cord­ing to up­dated Di­a­betes Canada guide­lines, there are rec­om­mended di­a­betes treat­ments that can re­duce the risk of dy­ing from heart dis­ease.

DON’T SKIP A BEAT

Think about what mat­ters the most to you. Maybe it’s im­prov­ing your health and life­style, ex­plor­ing the world, or spend­ing more time with fam­ily. No mat­ter what mo­ti­vates you, re­mem­ber that your heart mat­ters. Take care of your heart so you can en­joy life to the fullest.

DIS­CUSS YOUR OP­TIONS WITH YOUR DOC­TOR

If you have type 2 di­a­betes, speak to your doc­tor about steps you can take to help man­age your risk of heart dis­ease and pro­tect your heart health for the long term.

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