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LIFE IN BALANCE
Limit Your Risk
A FAMILY HEALTH MAGAZINE
FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Heart-protecting tips for people
who have diabetes
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Vice President and Chief Executive Officer,
t's a frightening fact: People who have type 2 diabetes have the same risk of heart attack and dying
from heart disease as people who already have had
heart attacks.* As an endocrinologist, I see the
devastating effect of diabetes on many of my patients who don't keep their blood
sugar at healthy levels. It doesn't have to be this way. I'd like to introduce Angela
Taylor, MD. As a cardiologist, she's part of the clinical team at UVA Diabetes
Cardiovascular Clinic. Her mission is to help prevent life-threatening heart disease. A big part of that is preventing or reversing diabetes.
Dr. Taylor shares her simple ways to help keep your blood sugar levels at a
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ANGELA TAYLOR, MD
If you haven't already, it's important to have your
primary care provider test your fasting glucose
(sugar) levels. Like blood pressure and cholesterol, these numbers give you a glimpse into how
well your metabolic system is functioning.
If your glucose levels are high, then take time
to examine your entire dietary intake. Think of
foods high in fat (fast food) and processed carbohydrates and sugar (almost anything that comes
in a box) as treats to enjoy only occasionally. You may think diet soda is a good way
to reduce sugar intake, but, in fact, it can increase your risk for diabetes.
On a daily basis, enjoy fruits, vegetables and nuts. Because each of these comes
in so many varieties, have fun exploring new ones. And if you are able, work up
to 30 minutes a day of exercise. A brisk walk instead of TV time after dinner can
make a huge impact on your health.
Stress is another major risk factor for women. So often, women get stuck in a rut
of taking care of everyone else and not taking care of themselves. In our clinic, we
encourage women to make their well-being a priority.
Thanks for the insight, Dr. Taylor. If you're already struggling with diabetes
or prediabetes, don't miss the article on page 6, which explores an effective drugfree approach to treatment. The program's cornerstone is physical activity. I have
seen ﬁrsthand with my patients that exercise is the best way to prevent or reverse
diabetes. UVA research has even found that exercise can reduce blood sugar levels
up to 48 hours-four times longer than a pill or insulin injection.
Susan Kirk, MD
University of Virginia Health System
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*According to the
National Heart, Lung,
and Blood Institute.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Spring 2014 - University of Virginia
Vim & Vigor - Spring 2014 - University of Virginia
Life in Balance
Humble Yet World Famous
Taming Diabetes Without Drugs
The New Rules of Play
Shopping for Two
Back to Basics
Burn, Baby, Burn
Rock Your Health
Breaking Up with Salt
Disgusting! (or Not?)
Make an Informed Decision
Hitting the Jackpot
Caring for an Aging Parent?
Vim & Vigor - Spring 2014 - University of Virginia