Having diabetes increases your risk of stroke.
In fact, 2 out of 3 people with diabetes die from stroke or heart disease. But if you carefully manage your diabetes, you can reduce your chances of having these problems.:
- Always take your medications as prescribed by your doctor.
- Follow the diet your doctor recommends.
- Follow an exercise plan recommended by your doctor.
- Monitor your blood glucose (blood sugar) level.
- Keep regularly scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.
Just having diabetes puts you at risk. But your risk is even greater if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, a family or personal history of stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack), or if you smoke.
You can take steps to reduce your risk of stroke.
You can't change your family history, but taking care of your diabetes and the conditions that come with it can lower your chances of having a stroke. For more information, visit the CoxHealth Diabetes Center.