Heart disease kills an estimated 630,000 Americans each year and is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, DiabetesAmerica is proudly participating in American Heart Month.
In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication.
Do you know your risk of having a heart attack? Use this risk assessment tool to learn more.
For more information on heart disease and prevention, please visit the American Heart Association’s website.
*Infographic Courtesy of the National Diabetes Education Program*
This February take charge of your diabetes by loving your heart. National Heart Month is a great reminder that it is good to be good to ourselves. Decrease your risk of heart disease by knowing the ABC’s of diabetes.
A: Have your A1C checked with every 3 month appointment. What is A1C? It is your average blood glucose level over the past 3 months. Your A1C can paint a picture of where your blood glucose has been and if changes to your diabetes medicine(s), physical activity, and/or diet should be considered.
B: Your blood pressure goal should be 130/80 or less to decrease your risk of diabetic complications such as kidney disease that can be associated with diabetes. For this reason, your blood pressure is monitored at the center with every visit.
C: Can you guess what “C” stands for? If you guessed cholesterol, great job! Cholesterol can be greatly influenced by our diet. Improve your cholesterol by limiting saturated and trans fats commonly found in regular cheese, whole milk, and baked goods. Foods with less saturated and trans fat can be much better choices including low-fat or fat-free dairy, lean meat and planted based foods such like nuts, fruits, and vegetables. Substitute heart healthy plant based fats for saturated and trans fat to help lower your cholesterol.
Knowing your numbers- A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol related labs- is a big step in taking control of your diabetes and loving your heart. To ensure that your ABC’s are in target, visit your doctor regularly and speak with your diabetes educator for support in your heart healthy lifestyle.
*From Suite D: http://suited.myomnipod.com, Comic by Haidee Merritt*
- Cooking spray
- 1 green or red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 8 oz package presliced mushrooms
- 4 frozen vegetable protein sausage patties, thawed and crumbled
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 c egg substitute
- 1/4 c fat-free half-and-half
- 1/2 c shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar
- Preheat broiler.
- Place a 12-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chopped pepper and mushrooms; sauté 3 minutes. Add sausage, salt, and pepper; reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 1 minute.
- Combine egg substitute and half-and-half; carefully pour over sausage mixture. Cover and cook 6 minutes. (Frittata will be slightly moist on top.) Sprinkle with cheese.
- Broil 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Cut into 8 wedges.
Nutritional Information per Serving:
(One Serving = 2 Wedges)
- Calories: 184
- Total Fat: 5.9g
- Protein: 21g
- Total Carbohydrates: 10.4g
- Fiber: 3.2g
- Cholesterol: 11mg
- Sodium: 588mg
*Recipe from Health Magazine: http://www.health.com*
Happy New Year from the DiabetesAmerica Teams!
- Create a Plan
You know what your goal is but how are you going to accomplish it? The best way is to have a plan of what needs to be done to achieve this goal. Ask yourself, “What do I do next?” and “What steps do I need to take to complete this goal?”
- Start NOW
Don’t wait too long to put your plan into motion. Start while you still have the motivation from the start of a new year.
- Write it Down
Keep a notebook or journal to write down your goals, your plan on how to achieve them and your progress. This will help keep you on track–it’s motivating to see how far you’ve come!
Rome wasn’t built in a day; don’t expect change to occur over night. Having realistic expectations will help you achieve your goals. Resolutions are just a starting point. Develop a ritual or a habit of reviewing your plan and making adjustments to your plan as life’s challenges occur.
- Remember Life Happens
Expect that your plan can and will change. Be flexible! The goal itself does not need to change, but your plan may need a little tweaking. Recognize what you have accomplished on the path to your goal. Stay positive!
For more information on goal setting and creating successful resolutions, sign up for our January 2015 webinar on Setting Realistic Goals. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!