It is well-documented people with Type 2 diabetes have heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease at more than twice the rate of those who do not have diabetes. Unless you take steps to minimize the effect of these health issues, they could, in fact, cost your life. A heart attack is one such problem. The rate of having a heart attack is on the rise, and unless we do something to stop them soon, they will become commonplace.

What can you do to put the risk of a heart attack behind you? Here are a few things to consider …

Stop Smoking. If you currently smoke, smoking puts you on a faster track for some health complications. Why not do yourself a favor and stamp out the cigarettes? Anyone who smokes is at a much higher risk of suffering from heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. The cardiovascular disease of Type 2 diabetes in combination with smoking, has not been adequately communicated to people with diabetes.

Watch Your Sugar Intake. Many people view diety fat as the most significant enemy when it comes to heart disease and consequent heart attacks but do not be mistaken, sugar can be just as dangerous.

Look at limiting your sugar intake. Doing so will help reduce your blood sugar level anyway, so it is something every person diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes should aim for.

Do not forget to seek out the hidden sources of sugar by checking food labels. Check your dairy products, condiments, and cereal grains. Dietary changes are essential for lowering both blood sugar and your LDL cholesterol level.

Go For A Walk. You do not have to go flat-out with your exercise program for it to have an impact on your heart disease risk. Try going for a brisk walk every day. Whether it is ten minutes or sixty minutes, it will help promote better health.

Always wear comfortable fitted walking shoes or sneakers and buy new ones frequently to protect your feet. And before any change to your activity level, check with your doctor.

Get Regular Health Check-Ups. Start visiting your doctor at least once a year to identify any challenges with your blood pressure, your cholesterol, as well as your fasting blood sugar and HbA1c measurements. Often diseases that are lurking can be identified with these simple procedures, so it pays to have them carried out at least yearly.

Too many people put off their doctor's appointment and pay the price for doing so.

Keep Stress Levels Down. Many of us live in a stressed state. Focus on reducing your stress whenever you can. Being less stressed will ensure you are not only keeping your blood pressure in check but are also reducing the risk of excess cortisol moving through your bloodstream, which could, in turn, lead to the accumulation of body fat.

There you have the primary means of preventing a heart attack. Which of these are you overlooking?