Diabetes patients are 2-3 times more likely to suffer from stroke than those that do not have diabetes. Studies have shown that people with diabetes are at a higher risk of death or paralysis due to stroke.
What Causes a Stroke?
In particular, the type of stroke that diabetes patients are so susceptible to is the most common type of stroke known as ischemic stroke. Ischemic stroke happens due to a clogged blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. The blockage disrupts blood and oxygen flow to the brain which damages brain cells and hence leading to a stroke.
The clogged blood vessels that causes the stroke are usually formed when:
- Fat accumulates on the walls of the blood vessel in the brain.
- A blood clot originally from another part of the body flows to the vessels in brain
Common Signs of Stroke
Stroke is a dangerous condition and can be fatal or debilitating. Anyone who is showing some signs of a stroke must be taken to the hospital immediately. The signs of stroke includes:
- bad headache, which is often sudden
- inability to control or move a limb
- tingling sensation and numbness of the limb
- difficulty in speaking,
- drooping of one side of the face
- blurred or loss of vision of both eyes.
Proper diagnostic test should be done if symptoms of diabetic stroke are observed. One of these is to have the patient to hold up both arms at the same height. If he or she cannot do so, then it may be a stroke.
An ambulance or doctor must be immediately called for help in the event of a diabetic stroke, even if the person will strongly insist that they are okay and they do not want to go to the hospital. When someone suffers from stroke, this cuts off the energy to the brain and the longer that you will get help, the more damage in the brain will occur.
How to Prevent Diabetes Stroke?
People with diabetes are highly susceptible to diabetic strokes. It is therefore important to work on its prevention which includes:
- Regular exercise and proper diabetes friendly diet
- Smoking must also be stopped as it could slow down the blood circulation and cause the heart and blood vessels work harder
- Having a minor stroke in the past also increase chances of a major stroke later on
- Doctors will often prescribe a low dose aspirin to lower blood pressure and also to regulate the blood sugar level for those with diabetes and suffered from stroke
Managing your diabetes and keeping control of your blood sugar levels minimizes your risk of stroke and protect your heart from other vascular diseases. Start exercising and a healthy diet today.