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Heart Disease and Diabetes

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How Can Heart Disease Be Prevented in a Person With Diabetes?

The best way to prevent heart disease is to take good care of yourself and your diabetes.

  • Keep your blood sugar as normal as possible.
  • Control your blood pressure, with medication if necessary. The target for people with diabetes is under 130/80.
  • Get your cholesterol numbers under control. You may need to take medication to do this.
  • Lose weight if you are obese.
  • Ask your doctor if you should take an aspirin a day.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet low in fat and salt.
  • Quit smoking.
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Reviewed by Michael Dansinger, MD on June 25, 2013
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