According to Dr. Russell Vester, Director of the Division of Cardiology at Jewish Hospital, "People living with type 2 diabetes often need a comprehensive solution that involves appropriate lifestyle changes and proper medication management. The Heart of Diabetes campaign encourages them to engage in regular physical activity and eat a healthy diet to help prevent the associated cardiovascular risks common in people living with the disease."
Tips created by Jackson and the American Heart Association and
available on IKnowDiabetes.org include:
-- Keep active and maintain a healthy body weight. Even 30 minutes of
moderate physical activity five days a week can help prevent diabetes,
reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, maintain a healthy body weight
and minimize risk of cardiovascular disease.
-- Normalize your numbers. Schedule regular visits with your doctor to
help monitor your blood sugar and manage your diabetes. It has been
shown that you can reduce cardiovascular disease by improving your
blood sugar control and controlling other risk factors. Learn to keep
track of your critical health numbers, including blood pressure,
cholesterol, body weight and blood sugar.
-- Opt for a healthy lifestyle. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and reduce
intake of saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added
sugars. Also, if you smoke, opt to quit -- smoking increases the risk
of cardiovascular disease.
-- Work with your doctor. People living with type 2 diabetes ofte
|SOURCE The American Heart Association|
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