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The Connection Between Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

As a patient with diabetes, you are at an elevated risk of developing high blood pressure and high cholesterol, both of which are contributors to cardiovascular disease. Obesity and weight gain are common factors as well, although they can be controlled by following a healthy meal plan and exercise routine.

Watching your fat intake is a major component of managing both heart disease and diabetes. Therefore, reducing your consumption of unhealthy fats, sugary beverages, sweets, and controlling your carb intake can make all the difference. When you are meal planning, be sure to select good carbs such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean meats. Incorporating exercise into your weekly routine is also highly advised. Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen and go slowly at first. Activities such as taking a brisk walk, swimming, weight training, tai chi, yoga and even stationary bicycling can help you increase your physical activity.

It’s important to keep in mind that diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol go hand-in-hand. Treating them as a joint problem with a healthy meal plan and successful exercise regimen can help keep all symptoms in check. 

To learn about our diabetes education classes, or to speak to a diabetes educator, please call the Center for Diabetes Management at (918) 579-3385.