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Healthy Living: Ways to be Heart Healthy while being Diabetic

Diabetes and heart disease sometimes coincide; therefore it is very important to watch your saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol along with your carbohydrates. I know you probably do not want to hear about another group of foods you have to watch but these are very simple ways to stay healthy. Here are some tips in helping with saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol:

  • Instead of whole milk try 2%, skim or fat-free milk. Many people do not like skim milk so if you can only reduce the fat to 2% milk that is just fine.
  • If cheese is on your list try to get natural 2% cheese versus full fat cheese. 
  • If you are a sour cream lover, then try to use fat-free plain yogurt. It is just as tasty.
  • Instead of sautéing your vegetables in butter, you could try olive oil or canola oil.
  • Always look for canned soups, soy sauce and other products that are labeled low sodium.
  • Adding spices to meals can reduce the temptation of extra salting at the dinner table.
  • When buying products that are labels fat-free or low fat make sure that you read the nutrition fact. Sometimes the fat will be replaced with more sugar, so it is important to check the label before you buy.
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