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P750-A 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart

STEP 4 20 Each year, of the more than 25.8 million Americans who have diabetes, 2 out of 3 die of heart disease or stroke! There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. In both types, too much glucose builds up in the blood, which can cause serious complications for your health. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce the insulin it needs so that the body’s cells can use the glucose in the bloodstream for energy. People with Type 1 diabetes need to take insulin to stay alive. Most people have type 2. In fact, about 95 percent of African Americans who have diabetes have type 2 diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. People with type 2 diabetes often take oral medication, and some take insulin. Regular exercise and a healthy, low-fat diet are very important for helping to prevent type 2 diabetes. In our culture, we eat too much fatty food and we don’t get enough exercise, so more and more of us are overweight, and more and more Americans are getting diabetes. There’s no cure for diabetes. If you have diabetes, however, keeping your blood sugar level under control can be a big help in preventing heart disease and other complications. That means watching your diet, exercising, controlling your weight, and taking medication if necessary. Diabetes is the disease people get when their body has trouble making or using insulin, so too much sugar builds up in their blood. Having too much blood sugar is very bad for the heart, the kidneys, and other vital organs. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., and African Americans die from diabetes 27 percent more often than whites! Furthermore, diabetes is a leading cause of heart attack, stroke, and other serious health problems, including kidney disease, impotence, blindness, and amputations. Track Your Blood Sugar


P750-A 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart
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