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Living Well with Diabetes

Reducing Your Risk of Complications Controlling blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol can help reduce the risk of long-term complications of diabetes. Talk to your health care provider to learn more. Heart Disease and Stroke Diabetes is itself a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Heart attack and stroke affect people with diabetes more than twice as often as people without diabetes. In fact, two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke, which are together called cardiovascular disease. Clogged blood vessels can lead to heart attack, stroke, and other problems. Heart Disease Coronary artery disease, sometimes called hardening of the arteries, is caused by narrowing or blocking of the blood vessels that go to your heart. Your blood carries oxygen and other needed materials to your heart. If the blood vessels to your heart become partially or totally blocked by fatty deposits, then the blood supply is reduced or cut off. Then a heart attack, sometimes called a myocardial infarction or MI, can occur. Chapter 1: You Can Live Well With Diabetes! My Blood Pressure Record A general goal for blood pressure of <140/90 mmHg is appropriate for many adults with diabetes. A lower blood pressure target may be appropriate for some patients. Ask your healthcare provider about the blood pressure target that is right for you. Each time you have your blood pressure checked, record your results here: Date / Time Blood Pressure My Target January, 1 — 8:00 a.m. 144/89 <140/90 This workbook is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Only your doctor can diagnose and treat a medical problem. ©2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 StayWell, LLC. www.staywell.com 800-333-3032 All rights reserved. Made in the USA. Print out this helpful sheet to keep track of your blood pressure. Chapter 1: You Can Live Well With Diabetes! My Cholesterol Levels Each time you have your cholesterol checked, record the results below. Bring this chart to your next healthcare exam and discuss the results with your healthcare provider. Date Total Cholesterol HDL LDL Triglycerides This workbook is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Only your doctor can diagnose and treat a medical problem. ©2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 StayWell, LLC. www.staywell.com 800-333-3032 All rights reserved. Made in the USA. Print out this helpful sheet to keep track of your cholesterol levels. 11


Living Well with Diabetes
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