In the world, the average life expectancy is increasing. With advanced age, there is an increase in diabetes due to inactive life and obesity. The high amount of glucose in the blood and the inability to use it by the tissue cause glucose to damage the vessel walls over time. In addition to the hardness of the arteries, this type of diabetes also causes disorders affecting many organs.
An important risk factor for cardiovascular health
Diabetes is rapidly spreading in society and affects one in every three adults. of those who are about 10 million diabetics at risk for development of diabetes in Turkey and the group is expected to reach that number. Diabetes is one of the most important causes of cardiovascular disease as well as organ damage. 65% of diabetics develop loss of life due to cardiovascular disease. Patients with diabetes should be on medication or insulin therapy to keep their blood sugar levels at a normal level. Even so, it is of great importance, however, that this patient group should be regularly controlled by an expert for vascular health.
Diabetes can cause many diseases!
Diabetes is a disease that disrupts the vascular structure and invites not only cardiovascular problems but also many diseases. When the hearts are blocked, infarction occurs, stroke and paralysis when brain vessels are blocked, kidney deficiencies when kidney vessels are affected, and loss of vision by intraocular bleeding when eye vessels are damaged.
Diabetic diseases are as follows;
- Vascular stiffness: Causes high blood pressure.
- Coronary heart disease: It can cause cardiac arrest and heart attack.
- Diabetic cardiomyopathy: It causes weakening of the heart muscles and heart failure.
- Stroke: Retention of vessels leading to the brain is a cause of sudden onset of stroke or brain hemorrhage. An average of 13% of patients with diabetes (age <65 years) had a stroke.
- Renal failure: 35% of patients with dialysis are diabetes patients. Cardiovascular disease progresses faster in patients with diabetes and renal failure.
Pay attention to the 7 golden rules for vascular health!
- If you are overweight, lose weight with regular nutrition.
- Choose a balanced and orderly diet, especially Mediterranean cuisine.
- Stay away from sugary and fatty foods with high glycemic index.
- Take 25-30 minute walks a day or swim.
- Risk for vascular health; Try to eliminate factors like smoking, high blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Try to control the presence of stress.
- Have vascular health checks at least 2 times a year.