To manage diabetes, look at the big picture
Diabetes affects several parts of the body, but when it comes to managing their disease, people sometimes focus too closely on controlling their blood sugar without looking at their health as a whole. Having diabetes means putting extra effort into preventing heart disease, strokes, circulation problems, kidney disease, nerve damage, blindness, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Increased heart disease risk
Heart disease is one of the top complications of diabetes. Among people over age 65 with diabetes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that heart disease was noted on almost 70% of their death certificates.
“No matter how well your blood glucose is controlled, if you have diabetes, you are at a high risk of developing heart disease—even if you have no other risk factors,” says Vrinda Suneja, M.D., medical director at diabetes.org