Diabetes and your risk of having a Stroke

Diabetes & Stroke

What is a stroke?

A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is suddenly interrupted. Then brain tissue is damaged. Most strokes happen because a blood clot blocks a blood vessel in the brain or neck. A stroke can cause movement problems, pain, numbness and problems with thinking, remembering or speaking. Some people also have emotional problems, such as depression, after a stroke.

What does diabetes have to do with strokes?

If you have diabetes, your chances of having a stroke are 2 to 4 times higher than in people who don’t have diabetes. But you can lower your risk by taking care of your health.

How do I know whether I’m at high risk for a stroke?

Having diabetes raises your risk for stroke. But your risk is even greater if:

  • you’re over age 55
  • you’ve already had a stroke or a transient ischemic (ih-SKEE-mik) attack (also called a TIA or a mini-stroke)
  • you have a family history of stroke or TIAs
  • you have heart disease
  • you have high blood pressure
  • you’re overweight
  • you have high LDL (bad) cholesterol and low HDL (good) cholesterol levels
  • you are not physically active
  • you smoke

You can’t change some of these risk factors. But you can lower your chances of having a stroke by taking care of your diabetes and tackling some of the other risk factors, such as losing weight if you’re overweight. It’s up to you.

What are the warning signs of a stroke?

Typical warning signs of a stroke develop suddenly and can include:

  • weakness or numbness on one side of the body
  • sudden confusion or trouble understanding
  • trouble talking
  • dizziness, loss of balance, or trouble walking
  • trouble seeing out of one or both eyes
  • double vision
  • severe headache

How can I lower my risk of having a stroke?

Lower your risk by keeping your blood glucose (blood sugar), blood pressure and cholesterol on target with …

  • Healthy eating  and a healthy weight (whether you need to lose weight or not, you can follow Manna Weight Loss Program)
  • Physical activity (if you haven’t done anything, start with walking, but try to get at least 30 to 45 minutes of exercise each day) – exercise also helps to de-stress.
  • Drink enough water – it has been found that most people drink too little water and that is one of the reasons why their blood becomes thicker as they grow older, increasing the chances of a stroke)
  • Supplement – Take a supplement like the Manna Blood Sugar Support to help keep blood sugar levels under control.
  • If you smoke, quit.

Every step you take will help. The closer your numbers are to your targets, the better your chances of preventing a stroke.

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