Eating For Heart Health With Diabetes

man eating a salmon salad for lunchDiabetes is a major risk factor for heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, when compared to people without diabetes, people with diabetes have twice the risk of developing heart disease, twice the risk of having a heart attack, a greater chance of dying from a heart attack, and four times the risk of having a stroke. That is why it is so important for people who have diabetes to follow a heart healthy eating plan.

A heart healthy eating plan is one that lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and reduces your risk for heart disease. However, a heart healthy eating plan is more than just avoiding fat, cholesterol, and sodium; it’s the overall pattern of your choices that counts.

As you make your daily food choices, base your eating pattern on these recommendations from the American Heart Association:

Eat a variety of fresh, frozen and canned vegetables and fruits without high-calorie sauces or added salt and sugars. Replace high-calorie foods with fruits and vegetables.

Choose fiber-rich whole grains such as brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur, oatmeal, wild rice, and whole-wheat bread, crackers, pasta, and tortillas for most grain servings. Limit additional butter, margarine, mayonnaise, shortening, and oil.