February is American Heart Month, a time to educate yourself on the symptoms, treatment and prevention of heart disease. People who suffer from Type 2 diabetes are two times more likely to suffer from heart disease. They are also likely to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, factors which lead to heart disease. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), in a recent survey of type 2 diabetics over 40 years of age, only about half of them recognize their risks for heart disease or stroke or have discussed this with their doctors.
So, if you haven’t done so yet, here are four questions the AHA recommends you ask your doctor:
- What changes should I make to protect my heart? He would most likely tell you to follow a diet low in carbs and saturated fats and rich in fruits and vegetables. He would also advise you to increase your physical activity, quit smoking and have regular checkups. Not too difficult, is it?
- What can I do before my next appointment? Apart from following your doctor’s advice, you can monitor your blood pressure and glucose levels and make a log of them to show your doctor on your next visit.
- How will I know if the changes I made are making a difference? If you are keeping a log, you will see visible results. You will also feel better and look better.
- Where can I get additional resources? Your doctor may be able to supply you with those.