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Diabetes and Heart Disease –Are You At Risk?


Did you know that having diabetes can increase your chances for developing heart disease? Learn how to lower your 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, 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 number 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, follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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