75% of Diebetics dies from heart attack :(

By AnnRendon Latest Reply 2012-02-04 01:03:01 -0600
Started 2012-01-01 12:50:52 -0600

Im Terrified of this news that I found..I acutally did a search on line of (how many people with diebetes die of heart attack) and the numbers where very high different site was anywhere from 60-85 percent :(…and now im getting depressed and feeling hopeless and can't get this number out of my head…is this for all of us or just the ones that dont take care of them selves…feeling like no matter what im gonna have a heart attack only a matter of time im 43 :(…

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annesmith 2012-02-04 01:03:01 -0600 Report

There is a LOT of hope: My dad, who was a brittle diabetic, had his first heart attack at age 53, and they said he only had 7 more years to live…he lived another 20 years, simply because he exercised his whole life..he was a cigarette smoker, and quit at age 53, and yes, like myself, he loved his fries, HOWEVER, he also ate greens and added lean meat later on…he had several plaqued arteries for years, but still outlived not just one heart attack, but several smaller ones, too…a heart attack actually is not the end of the world, but YEAH, it's downright scary. I had my first one when I was 35 years old, and I am 41 years old now. It's hard to explain, but, even though it is very serious, it can be overcome—-I was told by more than one emergency room physician that even though I have partial blockages, with one being almost full at 97% or 99%, I also have a VERY strong kickback in another part of my heart, 50% of that is because I walk and run 5 days a week—Don't panic, just remain calm, as hard as this sounds, and I do know for a fact that even with plaqued arteries, if you have them ever, you can very well live several years beyond what they might tell you if you walk and run moderately to high. Greens work wonders, even if you rarely ate them all your life…they really really really lower cholesterol—-and, water of all things is a great replacement for pop. Water cleans the kidneys out, and then the heart relaxes more. It's kind of like a chain link…genetics is #1, though…ANNE

watson4042 2012-01-12 00:22:23 -0600 Report

yes stats are scary, but so is everyday life. each of us has an expiration date that only God can see. He never gives more than we can handle and He expects us to do the good fight on our own behalf. personally, i'm fighting like crazy!!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-11 22:58:47 -0600 Report

The news is full of alot of doom and gloom, but you have to be realistic. Diabetes has risk factors which is why the bg numbers need to be kept in range and weight down as well as increased activity. Doing this will keep or prolong other problems from happening. That being said, we know if our diets are bad and we are overweight and get little to no exercise then our chances of having a heart attack are good regardless of being diabetic or not. So, stop stressing about the stats, as that isn't good for your diabetes and decide to take action and plan on improving yourself if you have any of the above that need to get under control. We are all going to go, lets just try and put it off for as long as we can.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-01-03 14:18:04 -0600 Report

Ann in the African American community where many people have no health insurance and are underserved or are on a fixed income, there is a higher risk of diabetes and heart disease because people cannot always afford to eat healthy. Sure they can get food stamps but young mothers are not taught to buy healthy foods or how to prepare healthy meals and because of this, they have unhealthy children. Senior citizens have to choose between rent, heat, power or medications. I can walk 3 blocks to the supermarket in my community and buy fresh veggies, meats and dairy products. If I want low sodium, fruits packed in natural juice or carb smart bread I am out of luck because there are very few choices. Yet if I go to the county or a supermarket in an upscale community in the city, the products are totally different. This is true in any community where people are poor and on fixed incomes. In many cases this is where statistics are born. Poor people most of the time are guinea pigs for the medical field. They can take a group of people from a wealthy community and get totally different results. These people can afford health insurance, are not on fixed incomes and can afford to eat healthy on a daily basis. This is why I pay no attention to stats.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-01-03 13:47:28 -0600 Report

I pay very little attention to statistics because they can be skewed based on testing and questions asked. No matter what you do, you are going to die one day. It could be from a heart attack, diabetes, a car accident or simply old age. If I were you, I would be concentrating on living by taking care of myself which includes eating healthy, exercising and going places and trying new things and being the best person I can be. Life is short and I want to make the best of it. Yesterday is gone and there are no gurantees about tomorrow so I am going to live life doing what I like to do and learning new things and seeing the world. I need to take my 14th cruise so that is something to look forward to. I don't have time to worry about dying because none of us can control that.

digitaldoorbell 2012-01-02 14:19:54 -0600 Report

Statistics are of little or no prescriptive value for individuals. Take a look at other risk factors that you have including weight, hypertension or other health conditions. Try your best to address each one recognizing the consequences if you don't. Being immoblilzed by a statistic won't help you either. Talk to your healthcare provider, read suggestions and advice from this site and try to replace the fear with one healthy behavior. You'll feel much better if you do.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-01-01 20:29:47 -0600 Report

This sounds scary if you want to be a statistic, let's not be statistics and see what we can do to beat this. I will not go down without a fight 2012 here we come. Take care of you and control your BGs and you can beat this. Every day is a new day to beat this! Make each day a new day some days are good and some not, but don't ever give up without a fight oh and surely not without you'd D family!

jayabee52 2012-01-02 02:35:51 -0600 Report

75% is not ALL of us. 25% of us PWDs die of other causes, but eventually we all die (PWD or not).

I don't much care what are the causes of my death, but I want to put as much distance between now and the time of my death as possible. I am not going to climb in my coffin and wait there. They're have to find me and carry me and put me in and perhaps even nail down the lid lest I wake up and climb out.

However as a believer in Jesus Christ, I do not fear death because I know I have a life beyond this life which will be eternal and perfect. I hold those two realities in tension.

My bride Jem was a PWD also. She told me one day that her cardiologist said her diabetes was caused by her heart condition. She had several potentially deadly conditions, and one or more of them finally "got her". We didn't do an autopsy because both I, her family, friends and her Drs knew that it was simply a matter of time. I would have loved to have more time with her, but she had been suffering a lot from Rhumetoid Arthritis pain. Her quality of life was slipping and I was just glad I could share her last few months with her, making her life as good as I could. I believe she is waiting for me there with Jesus. I do suspect that it was her heart which gave out on her. But I will never know in this life, and in the next it won't matter because she has a perfect body right now with Jesus in heaven.

pixsidust 2012-01-01 16:41:41 -0600 Report

the part of no matter what is wrong
You know what your numbers are sugars, cholesterol, triglycerides.
If they are off and you eat fried and starchy foods
then a heart attack is realistic
Smoking does not help either.
The good news is that you can plan your life
My grandpa lived to 88 with diabetes
Its up to you and me to make our lives long

jayabee52 2012-01-02 02:36:26 -0600 Report

I agree christy!

lori lorchid
lori lorchid 2012-01-02 03:03:21 -0600 Report

You are a very rare soul. Your words toched me deeply

jayabee52 2012-01-02 03:23:52 -0600 Report

Do ya mean "rare like a steak" = not well done? (just kidding!)

Seriously Lori thank you for your most kind words. They are Appreciated!

jigsaw 2012-01-01 14:01:45 -0600 Report

With good bg control, diabetics can live a long life. I personally have met one that is in his 80s. His memory has only begun to slip in recent years. My grandmother was an uncontrolled diabetic for many years. She died from a heart attack at age 76. She did have severe complications however. That was back in the late 1950s. I do know a few others that either lived to see old age or are still alive in their 70s, but they take care. Diabetes is an insidious disease, but fortunately it can be managed. With good bg management and healthcare in general, a diabetic can cut the odds of complications, and even eliminate them in some cases.
Yes it's true, and three of my doctors have mentioned that many diabetics die from heart attacks and strokes. Keep in mind that these numbers include untreated diabetics, diabetics that don't manage their diabetes, and some that have had diabetes long enough for it to do damage before it was diagnosed. Many non-diabetics die from heart attacks and strokes also!
I was diagnosed 17 years ago when I was in my 40s. Currently, my doctor tells me I am in better shape and health then the average American. He also told me not to let it go to my head, because the average American is not in very good shape. Be smart, stay informed, and manage your diabetes properly, and do your best to not be terrified.

Caroltoo 2012-01-01 13:46:21 -0600 Report

Heart disease is the number on cause of death in the US among both diabetic and non-diabetic populations. That is an important fact in anylzing the information you were looking at. According to the ADA, the risk of dying from heart disease if you are diabetic is 2-4 times higher than if you are not.

Much of our US population will die from heart disease. That alone means we need to take care of our hearts. The increased risk factors that come with Diabetes also mean we have yet another reason to take care of our diabetes and making sure we eat a heart and diabestis healthy diet, exercise regularly, and keep our BG rates low.

This isn't a death sentence, it is a clear statement that we need to get moving and take care of ourselves!

Young1s 2012-01-01 13:42:45 -0600 Report

I can understand why you may be scared. That percentage is way up there. But did the sources say why these particular diabetics died of heart attacks? You asked if this is the case for all diabetics or just those who don't take care of themselves. That question should've been your next search, if it wasn't mentioned in the articles you read. Because if you just looking at the numbers by themselves, then of course you are terrified. I would be too.

I think if you look that up, you will see that there are many underlying factors as to why diabetics die of heart attacks, but the same can be said for non-diabetics. If you choose to do this, look at a comparison of the percentage of heart attacks between both diabetics and non-diabetics and the causes. And then see if you still feel the same way.

I sure hope not because living with diabetes really isn't as hopeless as it may seem. It takes a lot of hard work and discipline but, given the choices of what maight happen to us if we don't do it, I'd say that it's well worth the time and energy. Be blessed

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