Becoming Heart Healthy: Lose Weight, Eat Better and Reduce Blood Sugar

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 28, 2010) -- Did you know that adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or stroke than those adults without the disease? Maintaining healthy eating habits and controlling weight can help control, delay or prevent the development of type 2 diabetes and can further reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

 

Eat Better

 

The American Heart Association recommends that people eat a variety of nutritious food from each of the food groups daily. Seek out food that is nutrient-rich but low calorie. Click here to visit the American Heart Association’s Nutrition Center for recipes and specific information on heart healthy foods you and your family can enjoy.

 

Lose Weight

 

Obesity increases your risks for developing serious health problems, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, risks of developing these diseases can be reduced by losing weight and maintaining a normal weight range. Check with your health insurance provider to see what discounts they offer for gym memberships and health programs, and click here for more weight loss resources.

 

Reduce Blood Sugars

 

According to the American Heart Association, individuals with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes can reduce the risks of having a heart attack or stroke by keeping their blood sugar levels within normal ranges. The American Heart Association reports that a healthy diet, increased exercise and weight loss can help keep blood sugar levels under control. Please consult with your health care professional to structure a health improvement plan that will work for you.

 

There’s still time to sponsor or become a USF walker in the American Heart Association's Heart Walk, which takes place on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 at Raymond James Stadium. Please click here to join or sponsor a USF team. For questions or more information, please contact the university's Heart Walk Company Leader, Carol Sands, at csands@admin.usf.edu.