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What information do I need to manage my heart health if I have diabetes?

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Besides diabetes, do you also have:

If you're not sure, your doctor can check all those numbers for you.

Also, do you:

Your doctor needs that information to work with you on a plan for better heart health.

  • A waist that's larger than 35 inches in women or 40 inches in men?
  • Low levels of "good" ( HDL) cholesterol?
  • High levels of "bad" (LDL) cholesterol or triglycerides (another type of fat in the blood)
  • High blood pressure?
  • Elevated blood pressure?
  • Smoke?
  • Have a family member with heart disease?
  • Eat a diet high in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sugars?

SOURCES:

National Diabetes Education Program: "I Have Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Living With Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 4, 2019

SOURCES:

National Diabetes Education Program: "I Have Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Living With Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 4, 2019

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