Monthly Archives: November 2017

The Connection Between Heart Disease and Diabetes

Most people living with diabetes are aware that they have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. But the statistics can be truly staggering regarding heart disease and the diabetes.

The connection between diabetes and heart disease starts with high blood sugar levels. With time, the high glucose in the bloodstream damages the arteries, causing them to become stiff and hard.

Fatty material that builds up on the inside of these blood vessels can eventually block blood flow to the heart or brain, leading to heart attack or stroke. Your risk of heart disease with diabetes is further elevated if you also have a family history of cardiovascular disease or stroke.

According to the National Institutes of Health, about 65 percent of people with diabetes actually die of heart disease or stroke, and a person with diabetes has twice the chance of developing heart disease as someone without diabetes.

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5 Tips to Fight Holiday Stress

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s easy to get caught up in the stress of family gatherings, shopping and parties. Holidays can take a toll – especially on your heart. The holidays are supposed to be carefree, but in fact, holiday stress can increase the risk of heart disease. In more than a few cases of stress-induced cardiomyopathy are seen around the holiday season.

Stress-induced cardiomyopathy happens when stress hormones weaken the heart’s main pumping chamber. It’s most common in women in their late 50s to mid-70s. Someone experiencing this condition might develop chest pains or shortness of breath. Everyone experiences stress at some point in their lives, but it is important for the sake of your health to learn how to handle it. Here are five heart-healthy tips for fighting stress this holiday season.

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