Health Tip: Help Keep Diabetic Hearts Healthy

Lifestyle changes can make a big difference

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(HealthDay News) - Diabetes is a prime risk factor for heart disease, since too much blood sugar can damage the cardiovascular system, notably the blood vessels.

To help diabetics lower their risk, the American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions:

  • Check your blood sugar regularly and exercise often -- at least once daily. Also, eat a healthy diet. Avoid fatty and sugar-laden foods.
  • Talk to your doctor about whether you need medication to control your diabetes, blood pressure, and/or cholesterol.
  • Lose weight, and maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Quit smoking.

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