Put heart health first for a longer life

(NC) Everyone should take steps at all life stages to protect against heart attack and stroke. This is especially important for people who have diabetes. In fact, approximately one in two people with type 2 diabetes die from heart disease. Making it the most common cause of death.

People living with diabetes are up to three times more likely to be hospitalized for heart health problems. And may develop heart disease 10 to 15 years earlier than those without the condition.

Award-winning singer and songwriter Jann Arden understands the impact diabetes can have on a loved one.

“My dad had diabetes, and many other health problems, including heart disease. I was surprised to learn the two conditions were so strongly linked. It’s important to know your risk. And take action to protect your heart health when you have diabetes.”

Symptoms associated with heart problems can be silent. Risk factors — including uncontrolled or high blood pressure, poor diet, lack of exercise and smoking — can put a person at increased risk of developing heart disease.

Fortunately, understanding the connection between diabetes and heart disease can better position you to take preventative steps. To help reduce your risk. Listening to your body is important too. For example, signs like leg cramps when walking or chest pain is worth mentioning to your doctor.

Diabetes Canada advice

According to Diabetes Canada, there are several ways you can help reduce your risk of heart disease, like controlling blood pressure and cholesterol. Managing weight, avoiding smoking, and taking medications to protect your heart.

Speak to your doctor about what you can do to lower your risk and take a risk assessment at