10 ways to avoid heart attack if you are diabetic

Having diabetes increases your risk of developing high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems. Find out what you can do for a healthy heart.

Try to maintain ideal body weight (Body Weight = Height (in cm) -100).

Do exercise 30 minutes per day for at least 4 days a week; consult your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Eat a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits and low in fat.

How can Indians prevent diabetes?

Avoid smoking and alcohol

Avoid or minimize stress.

Practice yoga for the dual benefit of increasing physical activity as well as relaxation of the mind thereby minimizing stress.

Control blood sugar with the target of achieving HbA1c < 7 %.

Control blood pressure (Ideal Blood pressure < 130/80 mmHg).

Take ECG, ECHO, Treadmill tests at appropriate intervals according to your doctor’s advice.

Cholesterol lowering agents, anti hypertensive agents must be taken as per doctor’s advice.

Dr. Syed Abu Tahir, MD, Consultant Diabetologist & Physician, www.mvdiabetes.com