Re: Type 2 diabetes - recently diagnosed
- From: Jackie Patti <jpatti@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 08 Dec 2007 06:23:46 -0500
Wow! And what are your glucose readings like? I'm clueless about an echo or a stress test has anything to do with diabetes. But what would I know? As I am kind of new at this myself. <sigh> Anyway welcome. <grin>
Read a bit here; this group is full of heart patients.
Apparently, a diabetic has the same odds of having a heart attack as a nondiabetic who's already had one; we hope that means *uncontrolled* diabetics and that with good control, we're beating the odds.
The A1c measures the percentage of hemoglobin in your blood that has reacted with glucose; glycosylated proteins are sticky and contribute to coronary plaque; some evidence implies A1c is a better predictor of heart disease than cholesterol is, even in nondiabetics.
There's a whole pile of ways elevated bg can kill you; heart disease is just one.
Personally, I wish I had a baseline echo prior to my heart attack; my first echo was done while hospitalized so the followup last month only shows that I'm not worse since then.
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