Go Red For Women “celebrates the energy, passion and power we have as women to band together to wipe out heart disease and stroke.” The American Heart Association (AHA) campaign started in 2004 as a way to dispel the myth that cardiovascular disease is “an older man’s disease.” In fact, heart disease is the number one cause of death in American women. Go Red for Women encourages women to take charge of their heart health.
Tomorrow, Friday, February 3rd, is National Wear Red Day. Support women and the cause by sporting some red. To learn more about cardiovascular disease, other ways to support the Go Red for Women campaign, and the signs of a heart attack, visit www.goredforwomen.org and watch this really cute and informative video featuring actress, Elizabeth Banks. When you link to the website, click on the third video called, “Just a Little Heart Attack.”
Since you’re reading our blog that focuses mostly on diabetes, you might be thinking, “what does heart disease have to do with diabetes?” Well, people with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from heart disease or stroke because both diabetes and cardiovascular disease can damage blood vessels. It is possible to manage both–don’t worry–there are still plenty of foods you can eat! A healthy diet, exercise and taking your prescribed medications are key management strategies. If heart health or diabetes control are on your mind, call 314-525-4508 to schedule an appointment with one of our Registered Dietitians or Diabetes Educators. You don’t have to have diabetes to get help with the best strategy of all–prevention.Photo credit: Red Heart by Salvatore Vuono