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(NewsUSA) - Taking ownership of your heart health by monitoring some basic health numbers can contribute to a longer, healthier life. Paying attention to blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight are important for everyone, but especially for individuals living with diabetes, who are twice as likely to develop and die from heart disease, strokes or heart failure.
Type 2 diabetes is also a risk factor for severe complications from COVID-19, so it is more important than ever for people living with diabetes to be aware of critical numbers and keep their diabetes well managed.
Diabetes management is especially essential for Hispanic/Latino Americans, who have a 50 percent chance of developing type 2 diabetes and suffering devastating complications from it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"My message for others living with diabetes is that we have control and choices," says Lupe Barraza, who lives with type 2 diabetes and is a spokesperson for Know Diabetes by Heart, an initiative of the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.
"Managing key health numbers can help you prevent complications from diabetes, like heart failure and kidney disease," Barraza says.
"You don't have to wait until you get sick to go to the doctor. You and your doctor should work together now to keep you from getting sick," she emphasizes.
Five key numbers all people living with diabetes should measure regularly are:
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