In Ukraine, nearly 1.3 million people have diabetes, and these rates are increasing every year (MOH).
Keeping your blood sugar (as well as blood pressure and cholesterol levels) under control is, therefore, one of the best things you can do for your heart.
A large proportion of diabetes patients have no symptoms, but diabetes, particularly when poorly controlled, is already harming their blood vessels and leading to hardening of the arteries, which is what leads to heart disease. In some cases, patients don’t even realize that they have diabetes until the disease progresses to the point where they have a heart attack.
That’s why it’s important to be aware of your blood glucose numbers, along with monitoring your overall weight and body fat.
Timely diagnosis and control of diabetes can prevent the development of serious complications.
People with diabetes should opt for healthy foods, normal weight and an active lifestyle. They need to take medication prescribed by a doctor, even if they feel well.