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Step up to a Healthier You with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

Vascular Disease

The Link between Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes and Vascular Disease 

Diabetes increases the risk of high blood pressure and vascular disease including heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease. It can also result in circulation problems caused by damage to the blood vessels, due to excess sugar causing sticky, thick, slow moving blood. Keeping your blood sugars within target range will prevent damage to your arteries therefore reducing your risk of vascular disease.

 Risk Factors for Diabetes or Prediabetes:

  • Age 40 or older
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Overweight, especially around your abdomen
  • High blood pressure or blood cholesterol or heart disease
  • Birth of a large baby over 4 kg or gestational diabetes 

If you have Diabetes or Prediabetes:

  • See your doctor/diabetes team regularly
  • Learn all that you can about diabetes
  • Go to a diabetes education program for ongoing education and support
  • Check blood sugar levels regularly
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet
  • Participate in regular physical activity
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
  • Manage stress
  • Stop smoking
  • Have regular lab work and screening done as indicated by your diabetes team

Studies show that if you have prediabetes you can prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes by 58% by making lifestyle choices such as a healthy low fat meal plan and moderate intensity physical activity of 150 minutes per week

Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study and Diabetes Prevention Program

For more information on Diabetes please visit: http://www.diabetes.ca/about-diabetes