If you are overweight
Many people in Scotland have Diabetes, this greatly increases your chances of having another Stroke or TIA.
Diabetes occurs when your body stops being able to cope with the sugar in your blood stream and sugar levels in the blood get too high. This means the blood can get ‘sticky’ and can clog the blood vessels. The damage to the blood vessels can lead to damage in the heart and kidneys as well as in the brain.
Lower your chance of having another Stroke
You can lower your chance of having another stroke or TIA by making sure that your blood sugar level is as good as possible. This means taking your tablets and injections exactly as your doctor or nurse has told you, keeping your weight down and following the advice in the Lifestyle Changes and Reducing the Risk of Stroke section. This will help to reduce the damage to your blood vessels and lower your chances of another stroke.
Diabetes often goes with high blood pressure and having the two together will increase the damage caused to blood vessels. So it's even more important that your get both your blood pressure and your Diabetes checked regularly to make sure they are as good as they can be.
Because your chances of getting another stroke or TIA are higher, you should really try to follow the advice in the Eating a Balanced Diet and Becoming More Active in the “Lifestyle Changes and Reducing the Risk of Stroke” section. Furthermore, you should be sure you don't smoke. If you have high blood pressure you should get it down to a safer level and make sure that your cholesterol is less than 5.
Losing some weight can help to keep your blood sugar levels down. Try to get at least a half to one 1b. (0.5Kg) off each week. This might not seem much but over a few weeks it will mount up. Getting a bit more active also helps you to lose weight. And remember every pound counts.
All of these give YOU a bigger benefit than people who DON'T have diabetes SO GO FOR IT!
If you have diabetes ask your doctor or practise nurse to check your:
Remember – there is no such thing as a “wee touch” of diabetes!
Even if you don't have diabetes at the moment, your doctor or practice nurse will check your blood sugar once a year to make sure you don't have it.