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You Are the Heart of Your Family...Take Care of It. (Usted es el corazón de la familia...cuide su corazón) Tip Sheet (en Español)

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You Are the Heart of Your Family...Take Care of It. (Usted es el corazón de la familia...cuide su corazón) Tip Sheet

This bilingual (Spanish and English) tip sheet explains the link between diabetes and heart disease for Hispanics/ Latinos. It encourages patients to work with their health care team to manage their blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol. A wallet card allows patients to track their target numbers.

Last reviewed: 07/01/2014


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Having diabetes can lead to a heart attack or stroke—but it doesn’t have to.

You can live longer for your family by taking care of your heart. Over time, high sugar levels in the blood can damage vital organs, such as your kidneys, your eyes, and your heart. High blood pressure is a serious disease that makes your heart work too hard. And bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) builds up and clogs your heart’s arteries. Controlling these three medical problems leads to a longer and healthier life.

Ask your doctor these questions:

  1. What are my blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol numbers?
  2. What should they be?
  3. What actions should I take to reach these goals?

You can live longer for your family, improve your health, and reduce your risk of heart disease.

Take action now:

  • Eat more fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains.
  • Eat tasty foods that have less salt, saturated fat, and trans fat. Order a free recipe booklet and meal planner for making healthy meals by calling 1-888-693-NDEP (1-888-693-6337).
  • Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days or every day. Physical activity helps you keep a healthy weight.
  • Stop smoking—ask for help to quit. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
  • Take medicines the way your doctor tells you.
  • Ask your doctor about taking medicine to protect your heart, such as aspirin or a statin.

Ask your family and friends to help you take care of your heart and your diabetes.

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