When you think of February, you probably think of Valentine’s Day and all the romantic expressions of love that come with it. Everything is heart-shaped, from the flower arrangements to the boxes of chocolate to the greeting cards.

You should also think of your actual heart during February. February is American Heart Month, to raise awareness of heart health and the cardiovascular risk factors that can lead to heart attack or stroke.

People with type 2 diabetes really need to love their hearts

Taking care of your diabetes means taking care of your heart. Did you know adults with diabetes are 2 times more likely to die from heart disease or stroke than someone without diabetes?

This infographic from the National Diabetes Education Program tells you what you need to know. Please share!

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Do you need help with your high blood pressure? MountainWise has a program starting soon in Western North Carolina

Whether or not you have diabetes, controlling your blood pressure is important for your health. Thirty-five (35) percent of adults in Western North Carolina have been told by a doctor that they have high blood pressure.

In March, MountainWise is rolling out the evidence-based Check. Change. Control. blood pressure management program. It’s for anyone in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, or Transylvania counties in North Carolina who needs help getting their blood pressure under control.

Image Credit

two hearts” by Flickr user jerry dohnal is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.