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s associated with the disease," noted Puryear. "As a result, I thought being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes was a death sentence. But it isn't. My physician educated me about the roles diet and exercise play in improving my overall health and enabling me to take control over my disease. I refuse to let type 2 diabetes take another member of my family."

Puryear's advice is echoed in the tips and education information created by Jackson and the American Heart Association to help those living with type 2 diabetes successfully control the disease.

According to Michael S. Cuffe, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Duke University Health System, "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 get regular physical activity and eat a healthy diet to help prevent the associated cardiovascular risks common in people living with the disease."

Tips available on 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, o

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