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Diabetes and Heart Health


Can Diabetes Break Your Heart? 


Did you know that the leading cause of pre-mature death for people with diabetes is heart disease?

Or that 2 out of 3 people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke?


Heart disease often has no symptoms but there are some signs to watch for. Chest or arm pain or discomfort can be a symptom of heart disease and a warning sign of a heart attack. Shortness of breath (feeling like you can’t get enough air), dizziness, nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), abnormal heartbeats, or feeling very tired also are signs. Talk with your doctor if you’re having any of these symptoms. 




5 Easy Keys to a Healthy Heart 


Move Your Body
At least 30 minutes of physical activity, 5 or more times a week: 2nd lining, dancing, and running are great cardio!
If you smoke, QUIT! 
Avoid breathing second hand smoke. Call Megan at the NOMC ( 504-412-1366) for smoking cessation resources.
Eat Healthy
Nuts, berries, fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and healthy oils. Select slow foods instead of processed and fast foods.Replace salt with lemon juice, herbs & spices. Make sure you get 25 grams of fiber each day. Avoid sugars.
Lose Weight: Every 5 Pounds Matters 
Losing 5-10% of your current weight, even 10-20 pounds, will make a major improvement in your insulin resistance and health benefits.
NOMC is here to help you. Call us at 504-412-1366
Practice Self-Care
Take your medications and check sugar levels each day (if you are diabetic).

Schedule regular checkups to make sure your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol are on target.

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