Heart Disease and Diabetes: Are You at Risk?


Dr. Rodgers tells people with diabetes how they can lower their risk for heart disease.

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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 from the NIH. I’m the Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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 information, follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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