Diabetes control should include a healthy diet, exercise

Maintaining good blood glucose levels should not be the only concern for people with diabetes, said Dr. Larissa Aviles-Santa, assistant professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. ‘While individuals with diabetes may control blood glucose levels with medication, if they are overweight they will still have chronic health problems that will affect the cardiovascular system,’ Dr. Aviles-Santa said. ‘Obesity is a major health concern and contributes to other debilitating illnesses including high blood pressure and heart disease.’ She suggested diabetes patients be more conscious of food choices and exercise regularly. ‘Reading labels, selecting healthier foods and walking are a few steps that you can take to maintain a healthy weight.’

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