Have Diabetes? Be Heart Smart!
Most people are aware of possible complications of diabetes, such as blindness, amputations and kidney failure. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that heart disease is the number one health risk that individuals with diabetes face.
“The CDC reports that people with diabetes have a two to four times greater risk of stroke and two to four times higher death rate from heart disease compared to those who do not have diabetes,”explains Marti Rodriguez, outpatient dietitian and coordinator of the Memorial Diabetes Support Group (diaBEATERS). “These alarming statistics reinforce how critical it is for those with diabetes to be proactive in lowering their risk of heart disease,” adds Marti.
If you have diabetes and would like to learn how you can reduce your risk of heart disease, please join the Memorial diaBEATERS Support Group on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Bright Pavilion. Dr. Cesar Delaguila, local cardiologist, will present valuable information on steps you can take to keep your heart and blood vessels healthy.
The support group is free and open to members of the community with diabetes and their family/friends who wish to support them in their fight against this disease. If you have questions, contact Marti Rodriguez, MS, RD, LD, at 936-569-4605.