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The husband and I made a plan to focus much of our younger years on working hard as parents and entrepreneurs with the goal of enjoying the fruits of our labor later in our lives.
That vision was rocked when fifteen years ago, my husband, who was 35 at the time, was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
He spent almost an entire year complaining of constant headaches and dizziness before he finally decided to get it checked out.
Sure enough, the diagnosis was T2D.
We were both scared, having heard about all of the complications this could represent.
For example, up to 50% of individuals with type 2 diabetes may develop heart failure, and after it develops, there is no cure.
Worse yet was the revelation that after a heart failure diagnosis, the survival rate is 50% at five years and 10% at 10 years.
This mami wasn’t about to let her man go down that road.
So I did what I always do when I am faced with a challenge, I arm myself with as much information as I can.
The good news is that there are are actions you can take today that can make a huge difference in reducing your risk tomorrow.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with T2D, I challenge and invite you to also arm yourself with the information you need to reduce the risk of HF.
Remember to talk to your doctor to understand your risk of heart failure and what immediate actions should be taken.
And definitely check out Diabetes Can Break Your Heart, a newly launched national movement with a goal to change the trajectory of heart failure (HF) in Type 2 diabetes (T2D).
This campaign offers a powerful declaration and rallying cry to raise awareness, create community action and spark dialogue between those with Type 2 diabetes and their healthcare providers to reduce the risk of HF.
I am happy to report that the Mister has his T2D under control and is in great health thanks to a proactive plan of attack.
I hope you will check out the Diabetes Can Break Your Heart movement and share it with your friends because knowledge truly is powerful.
Stay healthy amigas!
- American Diabetes Association. 10. Cardiovascular Disease and Risk Management: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes—2019. Diabetes Care. 2019;42(suppl 1):S103-S112.
- National Institutes of Health. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Heart Failure. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/heart-failure. Last accessed September 16, 2019.