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Diabetes is something that’s been well-documented in the African-American community for as long as I can remember. Throughout the years, many family members have dealt with diabetes and the effects from it. My first recollection of diabetes was watching my grandmother taking numerous shots throughout the day to control it. She dealt with heart disease for many years and even had body parts amputated because of it.
Unfortunately, both sides of my family have fallen victim to diabetes so it’s something I’ve always had to be on the lookout for. My mom recently learned she was a borderline diabetic and that’s one of the very reasons I’m back working out. Type 2 Diabetes can affect anyone, and it will lead to heart failure. Up to 50% of the individuals with Type 2 Diabetes develop heart disease. Unlike many diseases, there’s no cure for this deadly disease, but it can be prevented.
November 14th was officially World Diabetes Day. There is an amazing movement called Diabetes Can Break Your Heart. Diabetes Can Break Your Hear is a national movement to bring awareness and change the trajectory of heart failure. Believe it or not, diabetes can break your heart which will lead to other major consequences. During your doctor visit, talk to them about the risk of heart failure. If you’re a Type 2 diabetic, they will help with any immediate actions that need to be taken.
To learn more about the Diabetes Can Break Your Heart movement, visit diabetesheartbreak.com. The experts at AstraZeneca are heavily involved with the Diabetes Can Break Your Heart movement. Seeing that AstraZeneca is involved, that should tell you how important this is. To break down the importance of all of this, check out the video below.
How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?
There are a few things you can do to help prevent getting this disease. First off, check to see if you’re a risk to become a diabetic. If so, you can manage your weight, exercise and look into a balanced diet, which means less processed foods. You can also quit smoking, limit the alcohol and try to lower your blood pressure. Recently, I’ve joined the gym, so I’ve begun the exercising and working out.
We have also taken measures when it comes to dieting around my household. We haven’t fried our food in a very long time and my drinking has gone down tremendously. We all need to start taking our health seriously and the Diabetes Can Break Your Heart is a great step.
Are you familiar with Type 2 Diabetes? Do you have a personal experience with it? Anyone in your family dealing with Type 2 Diabetes or heart disease from it? If so, get involved with the Diabetes Can Break Your Heart movement by going to the website.