POSTED: Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 4:57pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 5:10pm
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Medical researchers say diabetics are at least twice as likely as the general population to develop heart disease, and some studies indicate the risk may be even more elevated. Almost half of the Rio Grande Valley population is diabetic, and with that comes alarming levels of heart disease.
“In fact, if you look at the most common reason for deaths or mortality in patients who are diabetic…it’s a cardiovascular problem.”
Diabetes is a disease that prevents the body from maintaining normal blood sugar levels, and elevated blood sugar, known as glucose, damages blood vessels throughout the body.
“To control the diabetes comes with a control of the cholesterol, control of the blood pressure, and with that you can minimize the chances for having another heart disease.”
Diabetics are especially prone to coronary artery disease, which restricts blood flow and can trigger a heart attack.
This procedure behind me is called heart catheterization and it’s used to unclog the arteries leading to the heart.
Doctors say we call can change our habits and behaviors to lessen our chances of becoming diabetic, and thus reduce our risk for heart problems.
“Diet…exercise….lifestyle modification. Loss of weight…..has been proven in multiple studies over and over again that it can prevent the development of diabetes.”
Other risk factors for diabetes include smoking, high cholesterol, and family history. Reporting from Brownsville, Abigail Camilo, KVEO Newscenter 23.