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The Sixth of Seven Simple Steps - Reduce Blood Sugar

January 17, 2011

Reduce Blood Sugar. That’s sixth on the list of Life’s Simple Seven from the American Heart Association.  If you don’t know your blood sugar levels, get a blood test – and maybe even check your cholesterol levels at the same time.

Treat diabetes by lowering blood sugarMost of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into our bodies' cells. If you have an insulin resistance, you may have pre-diabetes and subsequent type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can cause your blood sugar to rise to dangerous levels.

When insulin resistance or diabetes occur with other CVD risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol and high triglycerides, the risk of heart disease and stroke rises even more.

Diabetes is treatable, but even when glucose levels are under control it greatly increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Controlling glucose can slow the progression of long-term complications.

Often, many small changes add up to surprising improvements in diabetes control, including less need for medication. When diabetes is detected, a doctor may prescribe changes in eating habits, weight control, exercise programs and medication to keep it in check. It's critical for people with diabetes to have regular check-ups. Work closely with your healthcare provider to manage your diabetes and control any other risk factors.

Learn more about Blood Sugar by going to heart.org they have info on things such as how to Understand Your Risk for Diabetes, since family history, race/ethnicity, and age can increase your risk for diabetes, but are beyond your control. Find out about Symptoms, Diagnosis & Monitoring of Diabetes, because many people have diabetes and do not even know it as the disease is causing damage to the body. And learn about Prevention & Treatment of Diabetes