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Diabetes and Heart Disease: 6 Cardiologists Share Tips for Lowering Your Risk

If you have diabetes, making every effort to keep your heart healthy could save your life. Diabetes is a significant risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death for individuals who have diabetes. People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop and die from cardiovascular disease as people without diabetes.1

OnTrack Diabetes spoke with 6 cardiologists. Here are their top tips for keeping your heart healthy.

Start Your Day Off Right

Start Your Day Off Right
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Get moving and eat a little bit of fat in the morning.

“Exercise is the best medication, even if it’s just getting up to move,” says Suzanne Steinbaum, MD, Director of Women’s Cardiovascular Prevention, Health and Wellness at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “For every hour that you are sitting, get up in place and do jumping jacks, leg lifts or spend one minute getting your heart rate up. Even this small amount of movement during a sedentary day can help your body stabilize sugar levels.”

She also suggests eating a slice of multi-grain bread spread with avocado for breakfast. “Using the avocado as a spread decreases the sugar and gives you good fats, both to help with decreasing your sugar levels and helping with your cholesterol,” Dr. Steinbaum says. (Photo: Unsplash, Brenda Godinez)
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