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Randy Jackson and the American Heart Association Educate Cincinnati Area Residents about the Connection between Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
Date:2/29/2008

bit of turning to food as a source of comfort and had gained eighty pounds in four years," said Moore. "My doctor and support team were a never-ending source of encouragement and helped me get the disease under control. Now, The Heart of Diabetes campaign has given me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a role model for others and help them stay motivated."

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
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