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    Heart Disease Risk Factors & Diabetes

    Being diabetic increases risk for heart disease.  Heart disease is a disorder in which arteries become clogged and ultimately, blocked with plaque deposits causing a lack of blood flow to the heart.

    The American Heart Association has identified 6 major risk factors for heart disease that can be treated or controlled by lifestyle changes and/or medications. 

    The 6 Risk Factors for Heart Disease
    • obesity - a body weight 20% over the ideal body weight for height
    • physical inactivity - lack of exercise, particularly cardiovascular exercise increases risk
    • smoking - this is due to the stimulant (nicotine) that increases heart rate and the carbon monoxide breathed in
    • elevated blood cholesterol - a total cholesterol of 240 mg/dl increases risk as well as a LDL-cholesterol over 130 mg/dl and/or a HDL-cholesterol under 40 mg/dl
    • elevated blood pressure - increased blood pressure equates to increased force for blood to move though the body (this means extra work for your body)
    • diabetes - having diabetes increases your risk of heart disease
    To Reduce Your Risk
    • Maintain a healthy body weight - a reduction of 5-10% of total body weight can be beneficial.
    • Exercise - incorporate 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week, every week.
    • Don't smoke!
    • Control blood sugar - talk with your doctor or diabetes educator about blood sugar goals.
    • Follow a low fat diet - consume <30% calories from fat, <10% calories from saturated fat, & <300 mg. dietary cholesterol.
    • Limit processed and high sodium foods - consume <2400 mg. sodium each day.
    • Eat seafood twice a week - research is finding seafood has protective benefits against heart disease.  Prepare seafood by baking, grilling or poaching instead of frying (frying adds fat).
    • Focus on whole grains, vegetables, & fruits.  These foods are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

    The good news is that people can take control of their diabetes by eating right, exercising on a regular basis, and testing blood sugar.

    Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
    GlucoMenu® Nutrition Director

       
    Christine Carlson, Registered Dietitian &
    Certified Diabetes Educator

    GlucoMenu helps Type 1, Type 2 & Pre-Diabetics with

  • Achieving better blood sugar results
  • Weight loss and weight management
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  • Coping with diagnosis, feeling better, and increasing energy levels
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