This year the World Health Organization prioritized diabetes as the topic for the 2016 World Health Day. Now, this might not immediately seem like it has anything to do with your heart health but the American Heart Association considers diabetes as 1 of the 7 major risk factors of cardiovascular disease. Noba wanted to know what are some preventative measures a person living with diabetes can take to reduce risk of heart disease. So what can a person living with diabetes do to prevent or postpone heart disease?
All you have to remember is DIABETES
Increase Fiber: Fiber can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and blood pressure.
A1C Test: Ask your doctor about this one! It evaluates average glucose levels over the past 3 months.
Blood Pressure: Keep your blood pressure in check! It should be around 140/80.
Eat Well: Along with more fiber, you should decrease saturated and trans fats, as well as cholesterol (keep this at about 300 milligrams per 1000 calories you consume a day). Make sure you consult a dietitian before making any drastic changes to your diet.
Talk to you Doctor: The number one resource for people with diabetes is their doctor, so make sure to consult them on any questions you have.
Evaluate your Levels: There are so many blood tests that you can have run to make sure you are in good health. Prevention is the best medicine, so find out what glucose and cholesterol levels you are at to make sure you stay heart healthy.
Stay Active: This is a major key for a healthy life in general but with higher risk of heart disease and stroke a strong heart is a must for people living with diabetes. Just make sure to check glucose levels before and after your work out, and consult your doctor!
Happy World Health Day!