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Atherosclerosis Prevention

Know Your Risk Factors

Preventing atherosclerosis begins with knowing which risk factors you have and then taking action to reduce your risk. Remember, your chance of developing coronary atherosclerosis increases with the number of risk factors you have.

Monitoring Your Health

While the first step in preventing atherosclerosis may be knowing the risk factors for the disease, the next step is actually knowing whether you have any of these risk factors, especially the ones that you can control, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
People with diabetes have high blood glucose (often called blood sugar). People with high blood sugar often have no diabetes symptoms, so have your blood sugar checked regularly. Having diabetes raises your chances of getting atherosclerosis. If you have diabetes, your doctor will decide if you need diabetes medicine, such as pills or insulin shots. Your doctor can also help you design a healthy eating and exercise plan.
(Click Diabetes Treatment for more information on treatment options for this condition.)
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