Taking diabetes lightly can be heavy on health, know what experts say

Diabetes problems: Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a major public health challenge, contributing to about 61 per cent of all deaths in India. Unfortunately, the problem is compounded by the number of interconnected chronic diseases. Heart failure (HF), diabetes mellitus (DM) and acute renal disease (CKD) are among the three most common diseases. Studies suggest that […]
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Taking diabetes lightly can be heavy on health, know what experts say


Diabetes problems: Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a major public health challenge, contributing to about 61 per cent of all deaths in India. Unfortunately, the problem is compounded by the number of interconnected chronic diseases. Heart failure (HF), diabetes mellitus (DM) and acute renal disease (CKD) are among the three most common diseases.

Studies suggest that approximately 25–40% of patients with heart failure have diabetes and approximately 40–50% of HF patients have severe kidney disease (CKD). In addition, heart failure patients who also have diabetes and CKD are at higher risk of death if hospitalized due to heart failure. Therefore, regular consultation with a cardiologist and timely treatment is essential to prevent the progression of heart disease. It is also important for patients to keep a close watch on symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid or irregular heartbeat, swelling in the legs and persistent mucus.

Doctor. Vishal Rastogi, Additional Director, Cardiology, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi, said: CKD too. Therefore, patients require a comprehensive approach to treatment with strict adherence to the prescribed treatment program. Regular check-ups to the cardiologist and reporting minor changes in health parameters will help in taking action in times of crisis, thus avoiding the serious consequences of heart failure.

Tips to keep the heart healthy for heart failure patients:

– Monitor symptoms: Monitor minor changes in your body and report them to your cardiologist – Eat a healthy diet: A well-researched diet plan is essential for heart failure, kidney disease and diabetes. Consult a dietician or cardiologist.

– Follow up treatment: When there are no symptoms, patients stop taking the drug. Remember that heart failure is a silent disease. Failure to adhere to treatment can lead to serious complications.