Diabetes Greatly Increases The Risk of Stroke: People with diabetes face a much greater likelihood of stroke, heart disease or heart attack. Some reports claim that 2 out of every 3 people with diabetes die from a stroke or from heart disease. Diabetes complications are a range of serious health issues that can affect people with diabetes over time.

These include serious heart problems and stroke, with a significant proportion of people with diabetes dying from one or other of these health issues. By maintaining stable blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol, people with diabetes can increases chances of stroke prevention.
Unfortunately, while most diabetics are aware of the importance of controlling their blood sugar levels, many don’t appreciate the importance of keeping their blood pressure down, too.

Being overweight increases the stroke and heart attack risk, but people with diabetes are at high risk even at normal weight because the condition is associated with high blood pressure. This is because in diabetes the cells that line the blood vessels and maintain normal blood pressure can become damage.
It is the damage that diabetes does to the large blood vessels in the brain that causes strokes. These blood vessels either burst and bleed into the brain, causing a haemorrhagic stroke, or become narrowed or ‘furred up’, allowing a clot to form and triggering what is called a thrombotic stroke. This is why controlling blood pressure is so vital.

Diabetics need a structured education programme so they realise how serious it is and what the risks are and be offered support to manage their condition.’
There is now greater emphasis on controlling blood pressure in diabetics, using drugs such as beta-blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. But many patients fail to take their medication.

Lifestyle changes including losing weight, taking more exercise and reducing salt intake can also have a significant impact.

The above write up is published on our site courtesy of Dr. Maureen Ona-Igbru.

Dr Maureen is a medical doctor with many years in practice and has an undying passion for dissemination of health knowledge to the public. One striking feature that cuts across all her articles is the ability to present a complex medical condition in an easy to understand manner for the readers.

N.B. The illustrations that appear on this articles are added by the site admin.


Further Reading:
1) Inactivity Kills
2) Sugary Drinks Increases Heart Attacks

1 comment for “DIABETES – INFORMATION & WHAT WE CAN DO by Dr. Maureen Ona-Igbru

  1. February 24, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    This statement by the author

    “Diabetics need a structured education programme so they realise how serious it is and what the risks are and be offered support to manage their condition.’’

    Very true and relevant if we as doctors are to effectively manage our patients coming to us with this condition. However, what we see is that even among we General Practitioners and Specialists in fields other than Physician or Endocrinologists, there is lack of full understanding about the progress of the disease and modern treatment plans. Especially when diabetes coexists with hypertension and hyper cholesterolemia.

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