Quick. What’s the first thing you think about when you hear type 1 or type 2 diabetes? Most often, it’s blood sugar. Yes, that's important—but don't forget, the heart deserves lots of TLC too. Maintaining heart health and preventing heart disease is critical for everyone living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Let's start at the beginning with the basics.
Did you know that heart disease is one of the most common complications of diabetes? The good news is that healthy eating can help manage diabetes AND prevent heart disease. We've rounded up some of our favorite heart healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert!
Fiber from vegetables and whole grains, which can help lower cholesterol and blood glucose
Healthy fats from plant-based oils and fish which can raise the good HDL cholesterol
Nutrient-dense foods that provide essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
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