Taking type 2 diabetes to heart

As the world faces a dramatic increase in type 2 diabetes, this concern looms large. Back home, more than 3.5 million Canadians live with type 2 diabetes, or nearly one in 10 people — and nearly half of them are expected to die of related heart disease.

What is even more surprising is that, according to a recent study of people with type 2 diabetes, one in four patients had never discussed or did not recall discussing the risk of cardiovascular disease with a healthcare professional.

How does type 2 diabetes affect the heart? According to Dr. Jean-François Yale, endocrinologist and professor in the Department of Medicine at McGill University, it attacks the blood vessels, that is to say the tubes that carry blood, oxygen and nutrients in the whole body.

“Once diagnosed, there are many effective steps that can be taken to keep the heart healthy, despite having diabetes, but they require serious commitment from the patient. And the first step is to make healthy lifestyle choices. »

Dr. Jean-Francois Yale

Dr. Yale urges people with type 2 diabetes to start talking to their doctor about their risk for cardiovascular disease, especially if they have a family history of obesity or cholesterol problems, and to take an active role in protect their health.

Paul Naud, a retired administrator from Laval University in Quebec, diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the age of 35, knows very well the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Stay active and enjoy life!

During his college years, Paul was an accomplished athlete, playing football and hockey. But in her early thirties, her weight skyrocketed to 340 pounds.

Under the supervision of his doctor, Paul adopted a strategy that combines active management of blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol with medications that lower blood sugar and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disorders. He follows a heart-healthy diet focused on leafy green vegetables and whole grains, and exercises regularly.

You won’t do it alone. You need to make sure you have good follow-up, good supervision, a professional — and personal — environment that can support you. Diabetes is not a simple disease.

Paul Naud, who lives with type 2 diabetes

Paul Naud and his wife Hélène Naud

Now 66, Paul does whatever he wants: biking, walking, hunting, fishing, golfing and traveling to Florida for the winter. He remains very active, and for him, it is a necessity. He plans to enjoy life with his wife for a very long time.

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