Most people with diabetes die from some form of heart disease. In fact The American Heart Association (AHA) says the relationship between these two conditions is so important, they believe diabetes mellitus is a cardiovascular disease.
The good news is you can take steps to protect yourself – if you know the risk factors and what to do with them.
- Get tough and low on cholesterol
- Trim down on your body weight
- Reduce your blood pressure to a normal level
- Quit smoking and alcohol
Diabetics advised to avoid salty food
Salty food can raise the blood pressure, which can increase one’s risk of getting a stroke or a heart attack. People with diabetes are already at greater risk of getting a heart attack or stroke, so they should be doubly careful in steering clear of food that is too salty.
Here are suggestions from the American Diabetes Association on how to cut down on salt intake:
- Opt for fresh fruits and fresh vegetables instead of packaged offerings.
- Choose dried versions of legumes, beans and peas instead of the canned varieties.
- Search for whole-grain foods that are not packed with sodium.
- If you eat seeds and nuts, choose those that are unsalted.
There is an old country cure that has been used for quite some time already and this is the Cinnamon. Just one-fourth to one teaspoon of cinnamon everyday could be enough to help control your blood sugar and avoid diabetes mellitus.