Actress Angela Bassett joins For Your SweetHeart™ to urge people with diabetes to know their heart disease risk -- in honor of her mom
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"Losing my mom was a wake-up call to start talking about the risk of heart disease with my family members who also have type 2 diabetes, like my uncle Ralph," said Bassett. "A lot of people don't know that if you have type 2 diabetes you are at an increased risk for heart disease. For my mom, this knowledge came too late, and that's why I joined For Your SweetHeart. I've had a heart-to-heart with my uncle about his risk and want to encourage those who have loved ones with type 2 diabetes to do the same, so they can understand their risk and talk to their doctor about taking action."
Signing Up to Receive More Information Raises Money for Leading Patient Advocacy Organizations
Recognizing the importance of reducing the risk of heart disease among people with diabetes, 11 leading patient and professional organizations have joined Bassett in the For Your SweetHeart movement. By signing up at ForYourSweetHeart.com to receive more information about type 2 diabetes and heart disease, individuals will not only empower themselves but also help fund educational efforts. For every individual who signs up,
"Through the For Your SweetHeart donation, we encourage people to sign up to learn more about the risk of heart disease while also giving back to advocacy organizations that are on the frontlines of educating and supporting people with type 2 diabetes and heart disease, along with their loved ones," said
For Your SweetHeart launched in
"People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than people without diabetes. Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim are committed to educating the public about this risk and encouraging people with type 2 diabetes to talk to their healthcare provider and take action," said
About For Your SweetHeart: Where diabetes and heart disease meet
For Your SweetHeart is a nationwide movement to raise awareness of the link between type 2 diabetes and heart disease and to encourage people with type 2 diabetes to know their heart disease risk and speak to their healthcare provider, for the sake of their health and the people they cherish the most. Learn more about For Your SweetHeart, take and share the Heart You Quiz and sign up for more information at ForYourSweetHeart.com. Spread the word, because by having a heart, you might just save others.
For Your SweetHeart was developed and sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim and
Participating medical experts:
Matthew Budoff, M.D., professor of medicine, UCLA, Endowed Chair of Preventive Cardiology, program director, Division of Cardiology, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute Ty J. Gluckman, M.D., FACC, FAHA, medical director, Clinical Transformation, Providence Heart and Vascular Institute, Portland, Oregon Jennifer Green, M.D., endocrinologist and associate professor of medicine, Duke University Division of Endocrinologyand Duke Clinical Research Institute Leigh Perreault, M.D., associate professor of medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes, Affiliate Center for Global Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, associate professor of epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health Anne Peters, M.D., director, USC Clinical Diabetes Program, professor, Keck School of Medicine of USC Karol E. Watson, M.D., Ph.D., FACC, professor of medicine/cardiology, co-director, UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology, director, UCLA Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Health Program
Participating patient and professional organizations:
American Diabetes Association: www.diabetes.org American Society for Preventive Cardiology: www.aspconline.org Diabetes Hands Foundation: www.diabeteshandsfoundation.org
- DiabetesSisters: www.diabetessisters.org
- The diaTribe Foundation: www.diatribe.org/foundation
Endocrine Society: www.hormone.org
- Healthy Women: www.healthywomen.org
Hispanic Federation: www.hispanicfederation.org
- Mended Hearts: www.mendedhearts.org
Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association: www.pcna.net
- WomenHeart: www.womenheart.org
About Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
Approximately 29 million Americans and an estimated 415 million people worldwide have diabetes, and nearly 28 percent of Americans with diabetes—totaling eight million people—are undiagnosed. In the
Due to the complications associated with diabetes, such as high blood sugar, high blood pressure and obesity, cardiovascular disease is a major complication and the leading cause of death associated with diabetes. People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than people without diabetes. Approximately 50 percent of deaths in people with type 2 diabetes worldwide and approximately two-thirds of deaths in people with type 2 diabetes in the
Having diabetes can shorten a person's lifespan by as much as six years compared with someone without diabetes.* And having both diabetes and a history of heart attack or stroke can shorten a person's lifespan by as much as 12 years compared with someone without these conditions.**
* Based on having a history of diabetes at age 60.
** Based on having a history of diabetes and heart attack or stroke at age 60.
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About Lilly Diabetes
Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when we introduced the world's first commercial insulin. Today we are building upon this heritage by working to meet the diverse needs of people with diabetes and those who care for them. Through research and collaboration, a wide range of therapies and a continued determination to provide real solutions—from medicines to support programs and more—we strive to make life better for all those affected by diabetes around the world. For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com.
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