Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. November is dedicated to educating patients and the public about how to prevent and detect diabetes. One in 12 Americans has diabetes- that’s more than 25 million people. And, another 79 million adults in the U.S. are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. However, those at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes. At CVI, our trained medical staff is able to screen patients and identify factors which may lead to an increased risk of diabetes. When diabetes is not controlled, the disease can lead to blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and many other health problems.
What is the link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD)?
-CVD is a major complication of diabetes and the leading cause of early death among people with diabetes-about 65% of people with diabetes die from heart disease and stroke.
-Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or suffer a stroke than people without diabetes
-High blood glucose in adults with diabetes increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, angina, and coronary artery disease.
-People with Type 2 diabetes also have high rates of high blood pressure, lipid problems, and obesity, which contribute to their high rates of CVD.
-Smoking doubles the risk of CVD in people with diabetes.
But changes to your lifestyle can reduce your chance of diabetes, such as eating healthy, increasing physical activity, and losing weight.
Dr. Pradip Jamnadas, founder and Medical Director of Cardiovascular Interventions (CVI), a cardiac state-of-the-art facility based in Orlando, said, “Diabetes is a serious disease; however, it is treatable and preventable. Have your PCP screen you for a condition called pre-diabetes and get the guidance needed to manage the condition.”
The CVI Team Recommends Making Healthy Choices to Improve Your Health
Start with small changes to improve your physical health such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking far from your office building or grocery. Also get a regular checkup that includes blood pressure and cholesterol check, and ask your physician about your diabetes risk.
Patients that do not have a PCP, we can recommend one or you may look for one during our screening fairs. Get smart, get seen, and get healthy.
CVI’s 12,000 sq. ft facility houses a variety of state-of-the-art technology advancements and equipment that aid in the diagnosis treatment of both cardiac and peripheral vascular conditions and assists in developing the most sophisticated and comprehensive treatment plans.