Friday, 13 April 2012

Diabetic complication #1 Heart and Stroke

Diabetic complication #1 Heart and Stroke

Unfortunately this is a major compication for diabetics.  I know it directly effected myself.  During probably my 3rd blood test after diagnosis they realised my overall cholesterol was at about 9.  They didn't believe that number and had it retested.  It came back pretty much the same.  The goal for diabetics is to have it below 4.

I was already eating fairly healthy so they decided to put me on a statin.  My Dr. recommended Crestor, so we went with that, 5 mg. a day.  After about 2 months my cholesterol had dropped to about 5.  I am now on 10 mg of Crestor and it has dropped to about 4.5. 

I also take fish oil to try to raise my good cholesterol (HDL).  I take 1000 mg twice a day. 

Regardless of what your levels are realise that there are things you can do to help prevent these complications.  Could be exercise, diet, sipplements, or all 3 plus anything else your Dr. recommends.   Of course, if you are smoking... QUIT!!!!

One common thing that helps all of the main diabetic complications is keeping your blood glucose under control.  Again, this reiterates the great importance of monitoring your blood glucose regularly.

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