The American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association have launched a
campaign to educate communities across the US about prevention, management and treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Recently in the Greater Washington Region, Dr. Kwame Akoto a volunteer expert for Know Diabetes by Heart and a doctor of family medicine at Kaiser Permanente was interviewed by radio host Vic Jagger of Majic 102.3-92.7 FM. The full interview is linked at the end of the article.
Two years ago, the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association got together to do something about the link between type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke because they knew they would be even stronger together.
People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease or stroke, but a survey revealed that only about half of people over age 44 living with type 2 diabetes understand their risk for cardiovascular disease or have talked about it with their health care providers. The risk for heart complications from diabetes is very real, but you can do something about it. In addition to the healthy choices we can make, advances in technology and medicine are on our side.
To increase awareness and give people actionable information right to their phones, the organizations created a fun, limited-time text program designed to help people living with type 2 diabetes keep their health game strong through the rest of 2020.With the holidays often being an especially challenging to health this program seeks to help people end the year on a high note. Join the Know Diabetes by Heart Take2 Holiday text program by texting the word HOLIDAY to 22639. You’ll get useful information and even hear from Know Diabetes by Heart Ambassador Angela Bassett!
Learn more about the text program and the link between type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke at KnowDiabetesbyHeart.org.
Listen to Dr. Akoto’s full interview with host Vic Jagger here:
Sharing the stories of the work of the American Heart Association to remove the barriers of health in all communities is my passion.