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In February 2012, my mother found out she had adult onset Type 2 Diabetes. Neither parent nor any other family member had it and it somewhat came as a shock to find this out.
My mom felt that her best weapon of defense was to educate herself so that she would know what the best regimen for her would be. She took Diabetes Education classes to help her manage her diabetes. She met with a nutritionist to support her with making food choices. She subscribed to a diabetes magazine to get the latest info. When she follows the proper diabetic plan, she feels that it helps her to be organized with the food choices she makes. She wants to be her own advocate. She keeps a daily log of her fasting blood sugar so she can track and stay in a routine.
She also feels that being active for at least 20 -30 minutes a day is key to taking care of yourself. My mom attributes visiting her primary care doctors as well as an ophthalmologist and podiatrist as good ways to manage her health and make good lifestyle changes.
Being aware of her health and taking care of herself are two ways my mom manages living with Type 2 Diabetes. Staying on top of her health is key. That is why we want to share this important information with you.
Did you know that there is an increased risk of HF that comes with T2D? To help spread awareness, we are sharing the AstraZeneca Diabetes Can Break Your Heart movement with you. We do not want diabetes to break anyone’s hearts especially when the statistics are alarming. Up to 50% of individuals with Type 2 diabetes may develop heart failure. Once it develops, there is no cure.
People can take action early to help reduce their risk of developing heart failure! The actions you take today can make a huge difference in reducing your risk tomorrow.
One component of the Diabetes Can Break Your Heart initiative is the Diabetes Heartbreaker immersive virtual reality experience designed to heighten awareness of the connection between Type 2 diabetes and heart failure. This integrated VR experience uses cutting-edge technology to bring to life the symptoms of heart failure.
Diabetes Can Break Your Heart will travel across America in 2020 to educate and activate communities around the inherent link between T2D and HF through an innovative and immersive experience. The tour will bring together local advocacy organizations, key community leaders, and the public, with the common goal to empower the diabetes community to demand more for their future.
This is the time to educate yourself and learn how Diabetes can break your heart. Just like my mom, be an advocate for your health and learn more now!
Talk to your doctor to understand your risk of heart failure and what immediate actions should be taken. To learn more about the Diabetes Can Break Your Heart movement, visit diabetesheartbreak.com
- American Diabetes Association. 10. Cardiovascular Disease and Risk Management: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes—2019. Diabetes Care. 2019;42(suppl 1):S103-S112.
- National Institutes of Health. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Heart Failure. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/
health-topics/heart-failure. Last accessed September 16, 2019.