Diabetes and Heart Health

Make the Link and be smart about your heart! Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death in people with diabetes. Yet two-thirds of patients do not consider CVD to be a serious complication of their diabetes. Make the Link and be smart about your heart! patient handouts 3 different colorful, one-page sheets with easy to read facts, tips and resource links

Make the Link – Diabetes and Heart Disease resource sheets A set of 4 one-page resource sheets for health professionals

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Sample news release People with Diabetes Can Reduce their Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke [DOC/37KB]

Put the Squeeze on High Blood Pressure Bloodpressure reading: 128/74Controlling blood pressure can help protect a person with diabetes from heart attack, stroke, blindness and kidney disease. Take these simple steps to control high blood pressure. This campaign was adopted from the Minnesota Health Plan/DHS Performance Improvement Project for Diabetes and High Blood Pressure.

  • Image: Put the Squeeze on High Blood Pressure Ad [JPG/100KB- Click image for full-size] Includes the message along with a high blood pressure reading using the same colorful graphics as the “Put the Squeeze on High Blood Pressure” campaign.



  • Bloodpressure reading imageImage: 128/74 Blood Pressure Reading [JPG/36KB- Click image for full-size] Depicts a gauge with a normal blood pressure reading using the same colorful graphics as the “Put the Squeeze on High Blood Pressure” campaign.

Facts about High Blood Pressure and Sodium (salt) in Your Diet Eating a lot of high sodium (salty) foods can cause high blood pressure, leading to heart disease and stroke.

  1. Some foods have a lot of sodium: bread, cured meats, soups, pizza, cheese, packaged meals and snack chips, pretzels, and popcorn.
  2. Americans eat too much sodium – more than twice the recommended amount for most adults (1500 mg a day).
  3. To cut back on sodium, eat more fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables without sauce, eat less processed and restaurant foods, and check grocery food labels for sodium amounts.
  4. High blood pressure makes many diabetes complications much worse. Having diabetes also raises your risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease and other health problems. If you have diabetes, it is even more important to lower the amount of sodium you eat.

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Cholesterol: Do you know your numbers? Cholesterol adToo much cholesterol, especially LDL cholesterol, can lead to heart attack and stroke. This ad urges people to know their cholesterol numbers and to talk to their doctor.

Image of 2012 Expo adSimple steps to stay healthy If you have diabetes or prediabetes, following these simple steps can keep you and your family healthy

  • Ad (4”x5.25”) [PDF/911KB ]
  • Poster (40”x72”) [PDF/1.5MB]


Stroke adPrevent strokes. Lower your risk today. Click the image to download the 4”x5.25” ad

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