Just as syrup coats your pancakes, high sugar in the blood sticks to all the blood vessels in the body. Overtime, plaque builds up in the arteries. Inflammation and rupture of the plaque causes loss of blood flow to the heart or brain or extremities leading to tissue damage.
People with diabetes are 2-4 times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke compared with someone who does not have diabetes.
Diabetes is also associated with other risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure, and high blood fats.
Preventing heart disease involves correcting risk factors. Stop smoking. Lower the blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol to normal. Exercise to increase alternative circulation around blockages. Lose abdominal fat by controlling calories and increasing activity.
The heart is the symbol of Valentine’s Day. Let’s keep it healthy and pumping for a long time.