Diabetes and Heart Disease the Unfortunate Connection

Thirty million Americans are living with type 2 diabetes, 8 million have not yet been diagnosed, and 86 million are prediabetic.  According to the American Diabetes Association, if you have diabetes, you are “two to four times more likely to die of heart disease or have a stroke than people who don’t have the condition.”   

Did You Know:

One of the best ways to balance your blood sugar and keep your heart healthy is to add some movement into your daily schedule.  Both the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity five times per week. Please make sure that you clear your new workout routine with your doctor before you begin.

Here are three ways to make getting 30 minutes of movement a healthy habit:

  • Plan your workouts:  Sit down with your weekly calendar and schedule your workouts. Afraid you might forget, set the alarm on your phone.  It works! Planning to exercise first thing in the morning, choose and set aside your workout clothes the night before. Place your gym bag in your car if you have scheduled a workout after work.  Planning is key to your success.
  • Have some fun: While it is true that some people enjoy working out, I am one of them, I know that for most of my clients working out is just another chore they would rather forget.  But your workouts can be fun. Try bike riding with a friend or a new class at your local YMCA or community center. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different forms of activity until you find one that feels good.  Turn on your favorite podcast and take a walk through your neighborhood after dinner will work wonders or do it with your kids or significant other and use it as a time to catch up on each other’s day.
  • Workout at home:  Is your treadmill or stationary bike covered in clothing or collecting dust?  Put it back into commission. Exercise while you watch your favorite television show and 30 minutes will fly by before you know it.

COVID-19 showed us that people with underlying conditions are more susceptible to other life-threatening illnesses.  Working out is a way to take back some control over your health and your destiny.

With Peace and Love,


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Published by Renee Reid

Welcome to the Diabetic Toolbox, where we are helping midlife folks win the battle against prediabetes. If you are prediabetic or have a family history of type 2 Diabetes you will find tools and tips to help you to lose weight naturally, heal your mindset, and strengthen your body through yoga and walking. So, if you are ready to heal connect and grow, you are in the right place. Join the Movement! Hosted by award-winning podcaster, certified health coach, and yoga teacher Renee Reid.

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