People with diabetes have a two to five times greater risk of having a stroke, and have diabetes also puts you at higher risk of dying from a stroke — especially for women and those who have had diabetes for a long time. That’s the bad news. The good news is that you can take steps to reduce your likelihood of heart disease and stroke, by knowing and controlling your ABCs — A1c, blood pressure and cholesterol.
A few other steps that can be taken towards having a health heart include:
• Sticking with a health eating plan and including more fiber-rich foods to reduce glucose and blood pressure.
• Exercising regularly to improve cardiovascular fitness.
• Quitting smoking and avoiding drug use.
• Using alcohol in moderation.
• Taking medications, when necessary, to help reduce blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
• Knowing the signs of stroke and acting immediately if a stroke is suspected.
Warning signs of stroke
According to the American Stroke Association, you should seek emergency treatment if you suddenly experience:
• Weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
• Confusion or problems with talking.
• Vision loss affecting one or both eyes
• Dizziness, loss of balance or coordination or trouble walking.
• Severe headache.