Risk of Heart disease in Diabetics

Diabetes is a global burden affecting around Five Hundred Million population worldwide. Unfortunately, India has the highest number of diabetics in the world that represents 49% of the world’s diabetes burden. India is the diabetic capital of the world. diabetes is a silent progressive disease without any symptoms at early stage. Hence, diabetes is often termed as a silent killer. This disease if not treated and controlled it can gradually damage heart, kidneys, eyes, nerves and blood vessels. Assess how much you know about this silent killer by clicking the button below.

Diabetes and heart disease go hand in hand. Research data reveals that 65% of diabetic patients suffer from heart diseases or stroke. Diabetic patients are at a higher risk of cardiovascular deaths and stroke than non-diabetics. People with type II diabetes are more prone to the risk. If diabetics have other health risks like hypertension then risks are doubled. Do you know the diabetes-related complications in the heart start 7 years prior to the onset of diabetes? There are several risk factors that promotes heart disease in diabetics. Click the button below to know if you have any one of the risk factors of heart disease?

People suffer heart attack if part of the heart muscle is not getting enough blood due to high sugar in the blood that leads to damage in the blood vessels. If a diabetic has already suffered a heart attack, they have a greater risk of heart failure than non-diabetics. Diabetics suffer from inability of the heart to pump sufficient blood to the body that causes heart failure. This is considered to be the most serious cardiovascular complication. Excess sugar in the blood blocks the blood vessels and prevents blood to reach the brain that causes stroke. Diabetics are 1.5 times more likely to encounter stroke than those without diabetes.

High blood sugar damages blood vessels and nerves that control the heart. Other health conditions further contribute to increased risk of heart disease like high triglycerides, cholesterol and high blood pressure. These factors lead to hardening of the artery walls and its damage gradually. These health conditions have no symptoms as such. Heart failure is a serious condition, but it doesn’t mean the heart has stopped beating; it means your heart can’t pump blood well. This can lead to swelling in your legs and fluid building up in your lungs, making it hard to breathe. Heart failure tends to get worse over time, but early diagnosis and treatment can help relieve symptoms and stop or delay the condition getting worse.

Are you aware of the reasons that cause heart disease in diabetes? What are the symptoms of heart disease? Get answers to all these questions and know more interesting facts on how to prevent heart disease. Safeguard your family members and yourself now.

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The good news is you can reduce the risk of acquiring a heart disease. Follow the simple ABCDE rule.

A- A1c Test to monitor blood glucose.

A1c test measures your average blood sugar in 2-3 months. Aim to stay with in the normal range of 5.7% or below.

B- Blood Pressure monitoring should be done regularly.

Blood pressure goal for diabetics should be below 140/90 mm Hg.

C- Check the cholesterol level.

Too much of cholesterol (LDL) leads to blockages in the blood vessels of the heart.

D- Diet should be heart friendly.

Opt for fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. Avoid processed foods and trans-fat. Drink more water and avoid sugar sweetened beverages and alcohol.  

E- Exercise daily

Being physically active makes your body more sensitive to insulin (the hormone that allows cells in your body to use blood sugar for energy), which helps manage your diabetes. Physical activity also helps control blood sugar levels and lowers your risk of heart disease. Try to get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking.

Being a diabetic does not always mean that one will develop complications like heart disease. But as the old English proverb says, Prevention is always better than cure. You have the power to manage your own risk factors and improve your heart health through lifestyle changes and working with your doctor to create a treatment plan that’s right for you.

But remember one thing, if you have diabetes and are experiencing heart disease symptoms such as pain or pressure in your chest, shortness of breath, or fatigue, you should see your doctor right away.

Published by Dr.Pratim Sengupta

Dr. Pratim Sengupta thinks of himself as conscious, living, soulful being with an inner urge to break the inertia of life. He feels that life is nothing but a material expression of the Supreme Almighty Consciousness. His conscious existence empowered him to see, to hear, to talk, to interact, to feel, to dream, to ask questions, and to seek solutions to every problem. In the flow of life, as he grew up, he understood that knowledge of life is the only way to understand the scientific basis of conscious existence. Hence Dr. Sengupta felt the urge to study the science of life – i.e. Medicine. After he completed his higher secondary education from the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira in Belurmath, he joined the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) course at RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata. The professional packaging of knowledge in terms of a time-bound, goal-oriented syllabus frustrated him a bit, but nevertheless ignited the urge within him to study further. He thus went on to his post-graduation (MD) in Medicine from IPGMER and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata. During his MD training, he got a glimpse of the vastness of knowledge, and the quest to learn precisely the facts of life narrowed down his area of interest to the functioning of the kidneys and the specialisation of Nephrology – a discipline that is complex, yet relatively new and still evolving in terms of complete understanding of renal physiology and pathology. So, Dr. Sengupta decided to study and train for the DM (Doctorate of Medicine) degree in Nephrology. Right from the start of his career, Dr. Sengupta was passionate about Research. During the MD programme he worked on Cirrhotic Cardiomyopathy, Autonomic Neuropathy of Lupus, and Insulin resistance in Diabetics. All these research studies were published in national journals. During his postdoctoral study in Nephrology, he worked on Hemodialysis efficiency, and suggested an angular placement of the Dialyser in order to increase efficiency. This innovative concept was accepted for presentation at the World Congress of Nephrology, Milan, in 2009, and also published in Hemodialysis International. Dr. Sengupta also worked on Plasmapheresis – a blood filtering technique by which toxic and pathogenic immunoglobulins can be removed from the body. He studied the role of Prethymectomy Plasmapheresis in Myasthenia Gravis patients, and his findings were published in the journal Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. The patient-empowered nutritional model for nutritional care of kidney patients is another interesting and innovative area in which Dr. Sengupta has worked for quite a long time. Dr.Pratim Sengupta won the Bharat Jyoti award for his excellency in the field of medicine. He is also the president of our non-governmental organization, The Kidney Care Society. His tireless contribution to provide quality living for his patients is worth mentioning. He introduced Mukti, blending ancient Indian yoga with modern medicine for well being of every patient. He has also introduced an unique online course "Art of Living with diabetes" which is a complete solution to diabetes management. He has authored many books, blogs, for the patients. Searching and researching for solutions to problems in the field of Nephrology remains the passion and dream of Dr. Pratim Sengupta, and he intends to persist on this journey as long as he is conscious. Meanwhile, even as he pursues his dreams, Dr. Sengupta diligently puts into practice all he has learned about Nephrology over the years, at the Belle Vue Clinic in Kolkata and ILS hospital,Dumdum where he is available for his patient

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