Heart Disease and Diabetes

February 5, 2014 at 2:41 pm 1 comment

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The #1 complication in patients with diabetes is heart disease.  Keeping your heart healthy is a cornerstone to diabetes self-management.  Below are some things you can do to help reduce your risk of heart disease.

Daily Exercise — Remember that your heart is a muscle and in order to keep it strong, it needs regular activity.  If your doctor has approved physical activity for you, it is recommended that you get 30 minutes of exercise, five days a week for basic heart health.

Low Fat Diet — The fat in our diet significantly impacts our heart health.  Too much fat in our diets can clog arteries, which can decrease blood flow in your heart and circulation throughout your body.  Limiting the amount of saturated fat can greatly improve your LDL (bad cholesterol).  Adopting better food habits is an important step in preventing heart disease.  Talk with your diabetes educator about ways to choose foods with less saturated fats, as well as sources of fiber to reduce cholesterol.

Diabetes Management — People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease.  Good diabetes management along with a sensible eating and exercise plan can greatly reduce your risk for heart disease.  Set a goal related to diabetes, exercise or eating plans, and you can have a great impact on your heart health.


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  • 1. Mary Ann adamek  |  February 11, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Dr. Ocampo, Dr. Sara (short) is fabulous, thank you….she will probably send me back to you. Good Luck, hoping to send a friend there, she also needs a new endrocronologist. GOD BLESS!!!!!
    Mary Ann Adamek


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