Is 30 To Young?

Drawing of a heartAm I too young to be concerned about heart problems?

With long-term diabetes it is said that you are at higher risk for heart problems. I think the statistics are somewhere around 6 to 10 times higher risk than a non-diabetic person. Add in my excellent (NOT!) dietary habits and the fact that I’m still a good 40 pounds overweight and I bet it’s even higher.

I’ve never smoked and I don’t drink, so I’ve got that going for me. I try to get regular exercise, but it seems to go in spurts in regards to consistency. I’ll do good for a couple of months, then something comes up and I fall out of my routine for a while.

I’ve heard that often times people with diabetes that do experience a heart attack say the symptoms were very mild and hard to notice. That scares me.

I asked one of the RN’s that I work with if I’m too young to worry about all this, and she thought that I was. However she did offer a suggestion that made me feel better. She suggested that I ask my endo if I am a good candidate for a cardiology workup.

I think that sounds like an excellent idea, and I happen to have an appointment with him in about a month.

Thanks for listening!

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. Patient Success Manager, USA for mySugr (All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent the position of my employer).

Diagnosed in April of 1980, I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. Read more…