Heart Health Basics

Triglycerides and Diabetes

October 16, 2016

When you have type 2 diabetes, it is likely that you also have heart disease. In fact, your heart problems might have started before you developed diabetes. In addition to a high triglyceride level, factors that lead to heart disease in people with diabetes include being overweight, being inactive, [...]

Test Your Heart Disease IQ

October 16, 2016

Read the questions. Then check the answers that follow. 1- If you have diabetes, you should take an aspirin a day. T          F 2- ACE inhibitors can help treat high blood pressure and damaged heart muscles. T          F 3- I already have heart disease. It is too late to reduce my [...]

What Is Your Heart Disease IQ?

October 16, 2016

Questions 1- If I already have heart disease, it is too late to reduce my risk for further problems. T   F 2-The last time my cholesterol level was tested, my health care provider told me it was close to my target. This means I do not have to worry about my cholesterol anymore. It also means I [...]

Red Foods that Help Your Heart

February 29, 2016

Did you know that people who have diabetes are twice as likely to get heart disease as people without diabetes? If you have diabetes, there are a lot of steps that you can take to lower your risk. One is to include a variety of healthy foods in your eating plan. And in honor of February’s observances of National Heart Month and Valentine’s Day, why not try some of these red foods? [...]

Managing those Midnight Munchies

February 28, 2016

Late-night eating might be the norm if you’re a night owl, but it’s important to know that nighttime noshing could be affecting your health. At one time or another, most of us have eaten late or, at least, later than usual. However, falling into the habit of sitting down to a heavy meal or even drinking too much coffee or alcohol late at night can lead to a host of problems. Read on to learn about these health consequences and some tips for managing those midnight munchies. [...]

Fitting Fish into Your Eating Plan

February 27, 2016

Including fish and seafood in your meal scan lead to a host of health benefits. Fish, especially fatty fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel, contains healthy omega-3 fats, which can lower blood pressure and heart rate, keep the heart beating in a steady rhythm, lower triglycerides (blood fats), and decrease inflammation. Besides containing healthy fat, fish is rich in protein, contains vitamin D, and is low in harmful saturated fat. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least twice a week. [...]

Sneaky Sources of Sodium

February 26, 2016

Most of the sodium consumed in the United States is from processed and restaurant foods. While we all need some sodium in our diets, too much can increase blood pressure and raise the chances of having a heart attack or a stroke. [...]

Oh My, Omegas!

December 17, 2015

Have you wondered about Omega-3? Confused by omega-6? You have come to the right place! These are fatty acids. Fatty acids are used for energy and other actions in the body. There are many types based on the length of the fatty acid chain. Interestingly, our bodies can make almost all of them. [...]

Cholesterol Results Revisited

December 17, 2015

Contrary to what we have been led to believe, cholesterol and LDL are not the best ways to measure our risk of heart disease. Instead a simple ratio predicts risk much better, and it is on the same report. Your doctor will still focus on your level of cholesterol. It’s been shown that the higher your cholesterol, the more likely you will have heart disease. It also helps your doctor decide on the best treatment. But why do we even need cholesterol? Read on for more. [...]

Snacking: It’s Good for Your Heart Health

November 26, 2015

When you think of the word “snack,” what comes to mind? Potato chips? Cookies? A bowl of ice cream? Despite the many unhealthy snack foods available in supermarkets, snacking can actually be good for you! And since 94% of Americans eat at least one snack each day, it’s important to choose snack foods that are good for your heart and your waistline, and that can help you manage your blood sugars, too. [...]

A Few Easy Ways to Lower Your Heart Disease Risk

November 16, 2015

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 26 million adults with diabetes today. There are another 79 million who have prediabetes—which means they have a very high risk of getting the full disease. One of the reasons that diabetes is such a dangerous disease is that it can raise [...]

What is the best blood pressure medicine for people with diabetes?

November 15, 2015

Many medicines are used to treat high blood pressure, and they all work differently. One type of blood pressure medicine is called ACE inhibitors. This type of medicine can help to prevent damage to the kidneys, and so it is a good choice for a person with diabetes. ACE inhibitors make it easier for your heart to work. They block chemicals that narrow blood vessels and this can help slow down the damage to the kidneys that high blood glucose causes. [...]

Heart Disease Prevention: What You Should Know

November 14, 2015

Heart disease is the number one killer of both women and men in the United States. But, the good news is that if you begin to take some simple steps now, you have the power to protect and improve your heart health. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies have been working to advance our understanding of heart disease, so that people can live longer, healthier lives. Research has found that you can lower your risk for heart disease simply by adopting sensible health habits. [...]

Your Heart and Diabetes

November 12, 2015

Your Heart and Diabetes: Majority of Americans feel there is no connection between having Diabetes and the risk of heart disease. [...]
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