February is American Heart Month! Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. There is a strong correlation between cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Adults with diabetes are at a higher risk to develop heart disease. The American Heart Association considers diabetes to be a controllable risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Yes, diabetes is treatable!
It is vital that you follow your doctors’ orders in controlling your diabetes. If left untreated, diabetic patients have an increased risk for heart attack as well as other complications such as peripheral arterial disease or PAD. PAD occurs when blood vessels in the legs are blocked and blood flow to your feet is decreased. Our podiatrists at Gulf South Foot and Ankle provide complete foot care for those with diabetes. We also offer footwear and shoe fittings to help prevent diabetic wounds on your feet.
In an effort to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetic patients should be compliant in controlling their diabetes, properly care for their feet, and consume healthy, diabetic friendly foods.
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Make it your goal this month to love your heart!