Diabetes and Stroke Risk: What You Need to Know
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Diabetes and Stroke Risk: What You Need to Know

October 31, 2019

(gentle music) – [Narrator] Every two
minutes in the United States, an adult with diabetes is
hospitalized for stroke. And while 26 million American
adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, an estimated
9.4 million have diabetes but don’t know it. – When you have type 2 diabetes,
your risk to have a stroke is higher than for people
that don’t have diabetes. In fact, it’s about 1.5 times as high. When the blood sugar is high, over time, unhealthy changes happen
in the blood vessels. With this can come plaques
and blockages inside the blood vessels, and
when a portion of the brain is not able to get the
blood flow it needs, that’s when strokes can happen. – [Narrator] People with
diabetes and pre-diabetes are at increased risk for
stroke, but they can live long, healthy lives free
from heart disease and stroke by taking steps to stay healthy and control their risk factors. – The good news is,
diabetes can be managed, and the risk for stroke can be lowered. I tell my patients who
have diabetes who want to lower their stroke
risk that, first of all, they should pay very close
attention to following their medication regimen exactly, but they should also
identify other risk factors that they may also have
that could be associated that increase risk of stroke. Most important of all, I
want them to become aware of lifestyle changes that they might make that would significantly
lower their chances to have a stroke in the future. Some of these are
targeting an ideal weight, targeting a good amount of exercise, and eating a healthy diet. – [Narrator] In addition,
taking steps like not smoking, limiting alcohol, and
learning to manage your stress can have a significant impact
on your overall health. Talking to your healthcare
provider can help you manage these factors and help you stay on track. – You should really make
yourself aware and teach your family, too, about the
signs and symptoms of stroke. Strokes in people with
diabetes look just like strokes for people who don’t have diabetes. – [Narrator] Use F.A.S.T.
to spot a stroke. If you’ve experienced face
drooping, arm weakness, or speech difficulty,
call 911 immediately. Additional symptoms of stroke can include numbness, confusion, trouble seeing, trouble walking, and severe headache. Having diabetes increases
your risk of stroke, but it’s important to
remember you’re not alone. If you have type 2 diabetes,
talk to your healthcare provider and visit stroke.org
for more information. Take the next step in
lowering your risk right now.

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