Adjustments in your daily lifestyle can have a dramatic effect on risks and complications of heart disease and diabetes. This includes losing weight, quitting smoking, eating healthier and exercising.
Reducing your body weight by 5 to 7 percent reduces long-term complications of heart disease and diabetes in every race and ethnicity. For diabetic patients, a reduction of 1 percent in their Hemoglobin A1c will greatly reduce complication risks, including:
- Decreasing risks for heart attack by 12 percent
- Decreasing risks for heart failure by 16 percent
- Decreasing risks for stroke by 12 percent
- Decreasing risks for lower extremity amputation by 43 percent
Other key facts:
- Cardiovascular disease is the number 1 killer of women and men in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- About 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations among people 20 or older occur in those with diagnosed diabetes, according to the 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report.
The risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity have long-term effects on your health. And as we age, these risk factors increase.
February is American Heart Month, so there’s no better time to change your lifestyle. Those changes can have a profound impact on your quality of life.
I hope you will join me and fellow physicians when we’ll be talking more about these important topics at a complimentary seminar and dinner on Tuesday, February 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano.
The “Managing Your Risk for Heart Disease” session will also include a former patient of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano who will share his story. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of our physician panelists about how to apply changes to your life.
Come and learn the details behind risk factors and get tips on how to start making lifestyle changes.
About the author
David S. Bastawros, DPM, CWSP, is a podiatrist and wound care specialist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center–Plano.