Diabetes and heart disease are closely related and their effects can be fatal.
The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have decided to join forces in order to familiarize people with the effects of type 2 diabetes and help them minimize the risk of cardiovascular disease. This co-op has been called Know Diabetes by Heart.
AHA has concluded that adults that have been diagnosed with diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than those without. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have come out with a report that said more than 100 million U.S. citizens are afflicted with diabetes or prediabetes.
Unsurprisingly, a survey done on behalf of AHA has shown that only almost half of citizens aged 45 and older are aware that they have type 2 diabetes, which led to a statement by Nancy Brown, a chief executive officer of the American Heart Association: “The public health impact and growing threat of diabetes and cardiovascular disease are too significant for any one organization to tackle alone.” She added, “Our collaboration with the American Diabetes Association and industry supporters is crucial for developing meaningful solutions and offering practical tools and information that can help those living with type 2 diabetes find inspiration and take action toward improving their health and decreasing their risk of heart disease.”
A further study conducted by ADA and AHA has revealed that a lot of people are struggling with how to manage their condition. They further added that the focus group members expressed a feeling of hopelessness that prevented them to do anything in order to minimize the risk of further complications. This is not made easier by the fact that the symptoms of diabetes in seniors are easy to miss, since the typical symptoms like constant urination and thirstiness are common with the elderly.
AHA and ADA are committed to helping people suffering from type 2 diabetes take all the necessary steps towards health improvement, leading to a reduced risk of stroke and heart diseases. They plan on doing this with the help of hospitals, clinics and medical practitioners that treat people with type 2 diabetes.
Joy Cornthwaite, RD, diabetes educator at UTHealth/UT Physicians in Houston, Texas said that while it is important for people with type 2 diabetes to become aware of the damage it does to the arteries, prevention of this disease is just as important. She added, “In a nutshell, lose weight, move more, eat better and you can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes”