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Survey: 7 in 10 respondents worry poor health will limit their life experiences

DALLAS and ARLINGTON Va., July 7, 2020 — Seven in 10 U.S. adults worry poor health will prevent them from doing all the things they’d like to do in life, according to a new survey[1] from the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association. The research was conducted by OnePoll for Know Diabetes by Heart™,…

DALLAS and ARLINGTON Va., July 7, 2020 — Seven in 10 U.S. adults fear poor health will prevent them from doing all of the things they would like to do in life, according to a new survey[1] in the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association.

The study was conducted by OnePoll to Know Diabetes by Heart™, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association which combats two of their most persistent U.S. health dangers – type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease – along with the devastating link between them.

The poll requested two,000 U.S. adults how a COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their perspectives on time with friends and family, and generally, the role health plays in experiencing a full life.

Missing out on landmarks and time with loved ones is a reality for millions of people in the U.S. residing with type 2 diabetes. Along with being at a higher risk of death from COVID-19 if blood sugar is poorly controlled,[2] people with type 2 diabetes are at double the risk of developing and dying from heart disease and stroke. [3],[4],[5] For adults at age 60, having type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease like heart attacks, heart failure and strokes shortens life expectancy by an average of 12 years,[6] however there’s a lot people can do to reduce their risk.

The poll found respondents who have type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke are more stressed that health will restrict their experiences (89%, 90percent and 87 percent, respectively) compared to respondents who do not have these conditions (58percent ).

Generation Comparison Shows Differences

Approximately two in three (65%) respondents are concerned their loved ones will not be healthy enough to undergo various life minutes together. Millennials (ages 24-39) and Generation X (ages 40-55) were most worried, 73% and 69% respectively, in contrast to 59percent to Generation Z (ages 18-23) and 58percent for baby boomers (ages 56+).

Gen Z boomers are worried about health preventing them from experiencing whatever they’d like to perform in life (75percent ), while baby boomers, are least worried general (63percent ). Baby boomers nevertheless, report the highest percentage of prioritizing their health more as they have grown older, 68%, in comparison with 34percent for Gen Z, 48percent to millennials and 65% to Gen X.

COVID-19 Pandemic Made Greater Appreciation for Daily Seconds with Loved Ones

research results demonstrated the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way many think about daily seconds, and how respondents view their encounters with other people. Eight in 10 respondents said the pandemic has made daily minutes with their loved ones longer particular. Even more, 85 percent, stated the pandemic has made them grateful for the time that they spend with their nearest and dearest.

Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., MPH, FAAFP, American Heart Association chief medical officer for avoidance, stated COVID-19 illuminates a direct spotlight on chronic health conditions and the further health risks they pose.

“Controlling blood sugar and handling and modifying risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke hasn’t been more important,” Sanchez explained. “If there’s a silver lining in all of this, perhaps it is a new appreciation for health and emphasis on controlling the controllable, the current dangers to our wellbeing we know more about and have more tools to handle.”

Returning to Routine Medical Care

Robert H. Eckel, M.D., American Diabetes Association president of medicine and science along with an endocrinologist at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, highlighted the need for regular, routine medical care and voiced concern that many patients canceled or postponed doctor appointments during the pandemic.

“If you want the complete life you are hoping for on the opposite side of COVID-19, then resume your physician appointments, check your health numbers, such as blood sugar – and if you have diabetes your hemoglobin A1c – cholesterol and blood pressure, and get a strategy for preventing cardiovascular disease and stroke,” said Eckel. “Taking medications as prescribed is also an important thing you can do to help the people that you love.”

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Visit KnowDiabetesbyHeart.org/join for practical info and recipes to help individuals with type two diabetes live a longer, healthier life.

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About Know Diabetes by Heart

The American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association established the collaborative landmark initiative called Know Diabetes by Heart™ to combat the national public health effect of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Throughout Know Diabetes from Heart, the leading nonprofit associations, with founding patrons the Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company Diabetes Alliance, and Novo Nordisk, and national sponsors Sanofi, AstraZeneca and Bayer, are concentrated on favorably enabling individuals living with type 2 diabetes to manage their risk for cardiovascular disease such as, heart attacks, strokes and heart failure, and encouraging healthcare providers in teaching and treating their patients alive with type 2 diabetes to lower their cardiovascular risk. Visit KnowDiabetesbyHeart.org for tools.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a planet of more, healthier lives. We are devoted to ensuring equitable health. Through collaboration with associations, and motivated by countless volunteers, we finance research, discuss and advocate for the public’s wellbeing lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a major source of health advice for a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

Concerning the American Diabetes Association

Every day more than 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes in the usa. More than 122 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and are trying to control their lives while still living with the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization struggling to flex the curve onto the diabetes epidemic and help individuals living with diabetes thrive. For nearly 80 years the ADA has been driving discovery and research to treat, manage and protect against diabetes, while working well for a cure. We assist people with diabetes thrive by fighting for their faith and developing applications\. Diabetes has brought us together. What we do next will make us Connected for Life. For more information or to get involved, visit us at diabetes.org or phone 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Join the struggle with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).

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