I'm very lucky that none of my immediate family members have diabetes or had heart attacks.
My grandad had a quadruple heart bypass, he had a heart attack when he was on holiday in Spain, he had also had angina and high cholesterol. My grandma had type 2 diabetes. My uncle died in his late teens from an aortic aneurysm. My dad has a dodgy ticker from all of his Parkinson's medication and the fact that this heart is located centrally in his chest. I have sinus tachycardia, which basically means that when I'm stressed and my adrenaline goes, my heart goes really really fast. We're a healthy lot!
I think that there are plenty of things that contribute to a person being at an increased risk of diabetes or heart attack. Some are genetic, some are environmental and some are choice.
My grandma had type 2 diabetes and bless her, no matter how much you tried to convince her otherwise, butter and cream were essential parts of her diet. Her diabetes was most definitely diet caused. There were a number of factors that contributed to this. It was far easier for her to eat readymade meals as she got older, due to physical ability and cost (it's so expensive to eat healthily!). Also, she just didn't care, she loved her food and to hell with anyone who told her to eat otherwise.
I can guarantee that this troll cake that I made for my 4 year olds birthday last year, would have made Grandma's eyes dazzle.
I am very conscious of keeping my heart healthy. I know it goes faster than it is meant to when I'm stressed or if I'm exercising (hence the crazy high heart beat on my fitness tracker). My mum says it's a sign I have a super strong heart; I'm not sure doctors would agree! I have beta blockers that I can take to bring it back to normal levels, if it starts to go off on one. I try and eat right and exercise to keep my heart healthy. I wont lie, I'm currently in a phunk as I've not felt fab for a few months, so my good habits and fitness have gone out the window.
As well as taking care of myself for my general wellbeing, so that my kids learn good habits from me, there are other reasons too. The life and serious illness insurance that I have lets me earn rewards if I keep up my fitness regime. This involves eating right, recording my exercise routines, taking part in mindfulness and yearly health screens. The type of policy that I have doesn't always suit everyone, but without a shadow of a doubt, the healthier you are, the better options for insurance you will have.
If you want some extra info about hearts attacks, diabetes and insurance, please visit the links below:
CuraVision - The ABCs - Quadruple Heart Bypass
CuraVision - The ABCs - Diabetes
CuraVision - Health - Diabetes
Heart Attack Life Insurance
Type 1 Diabetes Life Insurance
Type 2 Diabetes Life Insurance
Heart Conditions and Insurance
Insurance for Diabetics
Type 2 Diabetics and Life Insurance
Diabetics Income Protection
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