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By The New York Center For the Prevention of Heart Disease
June 16, 2015
Category: Diabetes
Tags: Diabetes   Cardiologist  

DiabetesIf you suffer from diabetes, you already know that managing your health is an important daily task. From checking your blood sugars to watching what you eat, living with diabetes requires constant vigilance. Taking good care of yourself and managing your diabetes could save you a trip to your Manhattan cardiologist’s office.

1. Be Mindful of Diet and Exercise

If you have diabetes, your doctor has likely already told you that it’s important to control your weight. Maintaining a healthy weight can help prevent serious cardiac issues associated with diabetes. A registered dietitian can help you put together a diet and meal plan that keeps you feeling full and healthy.

Regular exercise can not only help you maintain your weight, but it can help keep your heart healthy. If you need an exercise plan, talk to your Manhattan doctor about working with a fitness expert to develop a plan that works for your individual health goals.

2. Give Up Smoking

Smoking isn’t good for anyone’s heart, but it can be especially dangerous for diabetics. Diabetes constricts blood vessels and causes problems with circulation. Smoking also affects circulation, which means your heart could be facing extra stress. Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but it’s a necessary step to keep your heart in good shape.

3. Control your Glucose and Cholesterol Levels

You already know that you need to watch your glucose levels, but this is the most crucial step in avoiding cardiovascular disease. Have your doctor check your cholesterol levels as well, to see if your bad cholesterol, LDL, needs to come down. If so, you can get your cholesterol levels under control with diet and exercise.

If you live with diabetes, your risk of cardiovascular disease is much higher. You’ll need to be careful to monitor your health daily to avoid an unexpected trip to your Manhattan cardiologist, Dr. Radwaner. If you have questions about preventing heart disease when you have diabetes, contact The New York Centers for Prevention of Heart Disease by calling (212) 717-0666.

By New York Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease.
April 20, 2015
Category: Diabetes
Tags: Risk Factors  
DiabetesIn 2014, over 29 million people in the US have diabetes. Unfortunately, a surprising 8.1 million people have undiagnosed diabetes. With diabetes steadily increasing over the years, it’s important to find out what could put you or your family at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. At the NY Center for The Prevention of Heart Disease in Manhattan, we can pinpoint the most common risk factors associated with diabetes:
Sedentary Lifestyle
If you are more likely to watch TV on the couch then put on your running shoes than you are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes. When you workout you not only control your weight but you also use glucose for energy to make cells more sensitive to insulin. Therefore, ward off diabetes by adding anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to moderate to vigorous activities at least five days a week. If you don’t get enough exercise then it’s time to talk to Dr. Bradley Radwaner about a proper exercise regime for you and your health.
Being overweight
Being obese or overweight is a main risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. In fact, about 80 percent of those with type 2 diabetes are overweight. While the link between these two things still isn’t clear, it’s assumed that this metabolic disorder causes the cells to become more resistant to insulin.
Family history
If a parent or a sibling has type 2 diabetes then your risk of developing this metabolic disease also increases.
There is also a positive correlation between age and your risk for type 2 diabetes. Therefore, those over the age of 45 are even more likely to develop this chronic condition. This may have something to do with physical activity levels, which may decrease as we age.
Those diagnosed with prediabetes, gestational diabetes or polycystic ovary syndrome are also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. If you have any of these risk factors, then it’s time to see Dr. Radwaner to discover the most effective ways to prevent yourself from developing this disorder. Schedule an appointment today at the New York Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease.

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