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Prevention and Control No matter what your blood test results, your lifestyle is the key to preventing diabetes, or managing it if you already have it. Recently, a major study showed that if you have impaired glucose tolerance, simple changes in your diet and exercise routines can prevent diabetes. In the National Institutes of Health’s Diabetes Prevention Program, exercise and weight loss reduced the risk of diabetes by nearly 60 percent among people with impaired glucose tolerance. Why is weight control so important for preventing or controlling diabetes? Because having too much body fat makes it harder for the body to produce the insulin it needs. This is especially true if the extra fat is above the hips, rather than on the hips and thighs. Researchers have found that this type of obesity is especially common among African Americans. Even if you aren’t obese, you can get diabetes from sitting around too much, not exercising enough, and consuming a high-calorie diet. A lifestyle that adds body fat increases your risk of diabetes, which adds to your risk of heart disease. As you lose fat and build muscle, your body uses insulin better. And for most people, losing just a few pounds is enough to make a huge difference. In its Diabetes Prevention Program, the National Institutes of Health found that for most people, losing just 10 pounds is enough to cut the risk of diabetes by 58 percent! Without question, the way to prevent diabetes is to stay active, eat smart, and keep your weight down— the same things that help maintain a healthy heart. You have now completed Step 4 of the 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart. You know the importance of staying spiritually active and using coping strategies. Are you also following these heart-healthy ABC’s? 23 ■■ A1C test. Have your blood sugar tested. If you have high blood sugar or diabetes, have an A1C test two to four times per year. ■■ Blood pressure. Get your blood pressure checked at least once a year. ■■ Cholesterol. Have a lipoprotein profile at least once every five years, and more often if recommended by your healthcare provider. The rest of this book will provide the tips you need to eat smart, enjoy regular exercise, manage your weight, not smoke and access better healthcare. So, on to Step 5! Check what you’ve learned in Step 4 of this guide.. Click the button to begin the quiz. START


P750-A 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart
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