Are you at risk for diabetes or heart disease?
There are a few simple things to keep an eye on to gauge your risk.
And it’s important that you do…
Nearly 70% of people with diabetes over 65 die from some form of heart disease. And adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease than those without diabetes, according to the American Heart Association.
Diabetics often suffer from high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, obesity and high blood sugar… all of which add to the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
However, it’s possible for people with diabetes to avoid or delay the development of heart and blood vessel disease.
Even more, recognizing and acting on the early signs and symptoms of diabetes will help reduce the chance of severe complications… or reverse the condition all together.
Here are six warning signs that you may be at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or heart disease.
- Blurry Vision: Too much sugar in the blood can lead to damaging effects on the blood vessels in the eyes, which causes blurry vision.
- Lengthy Healing Time: High blood sugar levels damage the body’s nerves and blood vessels. This can impair blood circulation, which can lead to small cuts taking weeks, if not months, to heal.
- Waistline: If your waist circumference is greater than 40 inches (male), or 35 inches (female) it’s a big red flag… And a sign you may be on the cusp of developing type 2 diabetes or heart disease. Reducing your waistline will help lead to a reduction in blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.
- Blood Pressure: This is a clear-cut indicator of your risk for diabetes or heart disease. If the systolic (first number) is greater than 130 or your diastolic (second number) is greater than 85, you could be at risk.
- Cholesterol Levels: High levels can be an indicator that your system that turns food into energy isn’t working right. Your HDL (good) cholesterol should be greater than 40 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) in men and 50 mg/dL in women. LDL (bad) cholesterol levels should be less than 100 mg/dL. Total cholesterol levels less than 200 mg/dL are ideal for adults.
- Blood Sugar: Normal blood sugar levelsshould be less than 100 mg/dL after not eating for at least eight hours. And less than 140 mg/dL two hours after eating. High blood sugar levels harm your entire body, leading to irreparable damage.
Fortunately, type 2 diabetes is reversible in many cases. So acting on the early warning signs and avoiding these six pitfalls are great steps to help avoid the condition… and the complications that come with it.