Diabetes, Heart Disease, And Stroke Could Happen To You

February 6, 2007 by  
Filed under DIABETES

By Rita Tate

Did you know that if you have diabetes you have a greater chance of dying from heart disease or stroke and it doesn’t make any difference if you are a woman or a man? One reason is high blood levels of sugar make the walls of your blood vessels thicker and cause them to lose their elasticity, which in turn makes it harder for blood to pass through.

Type 1 diabetes is know as juvenile-onset diabetes and usually affects children and young adults and is genetically-linked. The following are some conditions that are typically found in people with type 2 diabetes, which is know as adult-onset diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Depression: Depression doubles the risk of a person getting diabetes and after being diagnosed with diabetes a person will go through major lifestyle changes which will cause them to be more depressed. Diet changes and taking medicines are among the things that cause them to be more depressed.

Obesity: Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and strongly associated with insulin resistance. Loosing weight has been shown to improve heart-health along with diabetes.

Inactivity: Lack of exercise is another major risk factor. Along with loosing weight, exercise has helped to reduce blood pressure and the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Hypertension: High blood pressure has long been recognized as a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. If you have both high blood and diabetes your risk for heart disease doubles.

A symptom of diabetes is the skin of a diabetic person becomes very dry and flaky due to excessive loss of water, leading to dehydration which could result in a coma. Also it takes a long time for sores or cuts to heal. Diabetes is usually accompanied by sudden weight loss. There are many things that could be or may not be a symptom of diabetes. If you think you might have diabetes, go to your doctor right away to find out and it never hurts to have your heart checked out at the same time.

About the Author: Rita Tate is the webmaster and editor for the website My Pal’s Place, www.mypalsplace.com/

Warning: Diabetes is hidden, growing disease

June 22, 2006 by  
Filed under HEART AND STROKE

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The percentage of U.S. adults age 20 and older with diabetes rose from 5.1 to 6.5 percent between two time periods studied by federal health officials: 1988-1994 and 1999-2002, according to recent research from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention.

About one-third of those people do not know they have the disease. The reason why, said Rameshkumar Raman, an endocrinologist with Trinity, is that symptoms often do not appear until the disease is quite advanced.

That is why he encourages people who are at risk to ask their family doctor for a screening.

“At-risk” factors include: being 45 years old or older, having a family history of diabetes, being overweight, having an inactive lifestyle, being a

minority, having high blood pressure, having a low level of “good” cholesterol or having had pregnancy-induced diabetes.

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Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose that is caused by problems with insulin production or action, a definition from the National Institutes of Health says. It is the most common cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations in adults, as well as a major cause of heart disease and stroke.

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MORE: QCTimes.com – The Quad-City Times Newspaper News

Hockey Great “Takes a stroke for Heart & Stroke”

June 14, 2006 by  
Filed under HEART AND STROKE

WHEN: Wednesday, June 14, 2006
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Agenda:
11:15 a.m. – Media Registration
11:30 a.m. – Event and photo opportunity with Darryl Sittler
and the Heart and Stroke Foundation
– Cheque presentation to the Heart and Stroke
Foundation by Bayer HealthCare

WHERE: TD Centre Courtyard
66 Wellington Street West
Toronto, ON

WHAT: High blood pressure. Diabetes. Physical inactivity. Smoking. Obesity. Eighty per cent of Canadians ages 20 – 59 have at least one of these risk factors that contribute to heart disease or stroke. While many of these risk factors can be controlled, stroke continues to be the third leading cause of death in Canada(1) with 40,000 – 50,000 strokes occurring every year.(1)

Please join Bayer HealthCare on Wednesday, June 14th, 2006 to test your golf stroke against hockey great Darryl Sittler and learn more about stroke prevention during Stroke Month 2006. All proceeds from the event will be contributed to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
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MORE: CNW Group

Heart and Stroke sees obesity increase in children

June 14, 2006 by  
Filed under HEART AND STROKE

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is out with a report that forecasts an alarming increase in obesity in Canada,especially among children.

It says more can be done to tackle this problem, including a series of tax measures. They would include taxing unhealthy foods, while dropping taxes on healthy items as well as on sports and exercise equipment.

MORE: NEWS. TALK. SPORTS – 570news.com – Heart and Stroke sees obesity increase in children

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