Can Diabetes Increase The Risk Of Heart Disease?
With 69.2 million people suffering from diabetes, India is among the top 10 countries in the world suffering from the condition, according to the International Diabetes Federation's Diabetes Atlas.
Does diabetes increase the risk of heart diseases? And if the answer is yes then, why does it happen? This is a very common question asked by several patients with high-level blood sugar. The answer to this is yes, the high glucose level in your body increases the risk of various cardiovascular diseases. Various health experts suggest the following to keep their condition in check,
- regular health checkup
- certain changes in lifestyle
- healthy eating
As per the International Diabetes Federation's Diabetes Atlas, India comes under the list of top 10 countries, who are suffering from diabetes with approx 70 million people. The counting doesn't end here, as more than 35million people also face the pre-diabetes conditions.
Dr. RN Kalra Cardiologist, Medical Director and CEO of Kalra Hospital said that high blood sugar destroys blood vessels which eventually makes an individual more prone to several heart diseases. Therefore, it is advised that patients of diabetes must keep a check on the risk factors of heart diseases. Especially, the patients who already had heart attacks are in danger circle.
According to Dr. Ajay Kumar Ajmani, Endocrinologist at BLK Super Speciality Hospital stated that several pieces of research have confirmed that patients with high glucose levels are prone to cardiovascular disease at a budding age. Dr. Ajmani further said that new research has also shown that individuals with unexplored diabetes are at a huge risk of heart attacks. Hence, to decrease such dangers, regular health checkups are necessary.
As per Dr. Archana Dhawan Bajaj, gynecologist, obstetrician and IVF expert at Nurture IVF Centre, high levels of blood sugar puts pregnant women at a huge danger of congenital malformations in the fetus that includes
- cardiovascular defects,
- Urinary tract infections
- caudal syndrome
and a number of other defects.
Maternal diabetes also has chances of a raised danger of:
- fetal loss
- major congenital malformations
Moreover, hypertension during pregnancy and preeclampsia are some of the general diseases in women with diabetes. Dr. Archana further stated that it is seen in various cases, there are also chances of heart failure. However, these factors of gestational diabetes in the growing fetus can be reduced by
- regular antenatal care
- strict sugar control
- healthy living
- changes in lifestyle
- proper care during delivery
According to health experts, the following habits will help you keep diabetes at bay.
- Routine check-ups
- Regular physical activities
- Brisk walk twice a day (early morning and evening)
- Healthy diet
- Quit smoking and alcohol
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jul 14, 2019
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