IF YOU WANT TO PREVENT FALLS AND LIVE LONGER, FOCUS ON YOUR HEART’S HEALTH
Type II diabetic patients need to keep their cardiovascular systems in tiptop shape so that they can decrease their risk of developing stroke and cardiac failure. What’s more, you can also reduce your risk of falling when you get much older.
Preventing falls in your senior years is important because the percentage of deaths caused by falls in individuals at least 64 years of age has increased to 31% in the last ten years.
Prevent Heart Disease to Improve Balance and Lengthen Life
A 95-year-old former cardiology patient kept seeing a heart specialist even if he had no cardiac problems. He said that his secret was not to fall. He said this because he noticed that his family and friends who had already passed, seemed to have died after a fall. So, he always made sure he didn’t fall. The man knew that in order to prevent falls, the cardiovascular system should always be healthy.
The man’s knowledge supports the research results of a study presented by Dalane W. Kitzman, MD—Wake Forest’s professor of cardiovascular medicine. People who want to age well should practice active living and clean eating. This is also a shout out to Type II diabetes patients because these individuals are at a huge risk of having cardiovascular damage.
Heart Health’s Dos and Don’ts
• Ask your doctor for a list of blood tests. These tests will not change your doctor’s message in making the necessary changes for good health.
• Wait for a diagnosis. Why wait, when you can just start changing your lifestyle and diet now?
• Act now in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Make the right choices when it comes to choosing food and beverages.
• Check your blood pressure. You can do this yourself or have someone do it for you.
• Monitor your cholesterol levels. Watch what you eat, so you can be sure your cholesterol levels stay at normal levels.
• Exercise regularly. Staying active can help your heart function normally. As simple as daily walks will do.
• Check your blood sugar levels. Use your glucometer and watch what you eat.
• Eat heart-healthy foods. There is no bad food, but there are bad food choices. Make the change.
• Don’t smoke. Smoking can clog your arteries. It is best to not smoke at all.
• Bring down your weight to healthy levels and maintain it. Diet and exercise can help you achieve your healthy weight and keep it. It is just a matter of persistence and patience.
It is usually difficult to start the ball rolling in achieving a healthy heart and vascular system, but once you get the hang of the changes, you will get there. Talk to your doctor about the alterations you want to make and have your progress monitored. For Type II diabetics, keeping a healthy cardiovascular system will not only prevent falls but change their lives for the better.