Every 80 seconds, an adult with type 2 diabetes in the US is hospitalized for cardiovascular disease—that is, problems that affect your heart and blood vessels like stroke, heart attack, heart failure—even death. Scary stuff.
I found out that over time, complications from high blood sugar can damage the blood vessels and nerves that control your heart. It can also damage the blood vessels that flow to your brain. And even if you’re reaching your A1C target like I was, you can still be at increased cardiovascular risk based on factors like weight, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels.
When you have diabetes, there's a chance your blood sugar levels are too high. These high blood sugar levels can lead to damage, causing the blood vessel walls to narrow. When this happens, it compromises how important organs in the body work, like your brain and heart.
It's important to know that in a recent study, over 30% of people worldwide living with type 2 diabetes have cardiovascular disease. The next step is talking to your doctor about what you can do.
Be sure to regularly talk to your diabetes care team. They’re your secret weapon.
Here's how Anthony got real about eating healthy, being active, and listening to his doctor.
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