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Study Finds How Teens With Type 1 Diabetes May Guard Their Heart: 5 Foods That May Help Too

Study Finds How Teens With Type 1 Diabetes May Guard Their Heart: 5 Foods That May Help Too

It has been established by various studies that people with type 1 diabetes are far more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those without it. If you happen to have signs of hypertension, high blood pressure, unhealthy levels of cholesterol and dyslipidemia, the risk tends to elevate further. The study which was recently published in the Journal of Pediatric Diabetes highlights strategies to help young people manage high cholesterol and blood pressure.

For the study, Joslin Diabetes Center researchers interviewed teens and parents. Through the study they have identified strategies to help teens with these conditions manage them better. 

Asked about the risks of high blood pressure, for instance, teens might say that it could give you a headache, rather than realizing it might lead to a heart attack many years from now. Teens also often hoped that the condition might be “fixed” rather than needing to be continually managed.

“There’s immediacy in how teens view things. So we try to reach them where they’re at, and think about what will motivate them. For example, a lot of heart-healthy behaviors may improve how they look and feel. Some teens may be motivated by the prospect of losing weight, or having more energy, or potentially having clearer skin,” said study author Michelle Katz, who is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

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