Diabetes: Do You Fall Short of Heart Disease Prevention Goals?
More than half of Americans with type 2 diabetes don’t meet guidelines for cardiovascular disease prevention, according to a review in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Researchers at New York University School of Medicine in New York City analyzed information from the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Cardiology on disease prevention in people with type 2 diabetes. They focused on two main areas: lifestyle – diet, exercise, smoking, for example – and the reduction of risk factors associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar.
It’s critically important for people with type 2 diabetes – those who have known risk factors for heart disease and those who don't – to follow their doctors’ advice for lowering their heart disease risk. In addition to lifestyle management (physical activity, good nutrition, weight control), guidelines also may include the use of statins, aspirin therapy, blood pressure medications, and glucose-lowering therapies.