Heart Disease and Diabetes: Are You at Risk?
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Did you know that having diabetes can increase your chances for developing heart disease? So, how can you lower your risk?
Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments. I’m the Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.
If you have diabetes, in addition to managing your blood glucose, you need to manage your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
To live a heart-healthy life, talk to your doctor about your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol numbers. Ask what your numbers should be and for a diabetes health plan.
You can also:
- eat foods that are fiber-rich, like whole-grain cereals, fruits, and vegetables
- cut down on foods that are high in saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol
- aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week
- and quit smoking.
For more tips, visit our website at NIDDK. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.
Page last updated: February 20, 2012