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Flu Shot May Protect More Than You Think

Flu Shot May Protect More Than You Think

When the NY Giants’ Michael Strahan was crowned the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 he could never have predicted that one day he would be co-captain of Live with Kelly and Michael or on the team of Good Morning America. But he sure has demonstrated that a great defense can give you a long and productive life. 

Now, if you have type 2 diabetes, the same is true for you!

If you mount a great defense against the flu, you can also protect yourself from cardiovascular problems that could bench you for the season—or worse. A seven-year study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal looked at almost 125,000 people with type 2 diabetes—around two-thirds received a flu vaccination. The researchers found over the course of the study folks who got the shot had a 30 percent lower risk of stroke, a 22 percent lower risk of heart failure, and a 24 percent lower risk of dying from all causes. 

So if you have type 2 (or even if you don’t!) make sure to get the flu shot this season. And boost your defensive line even more: Lose weight if you need to. Get an additional 30-60 minutes of physical activity a day. Do strength-building two to three times weekly. Dodge the Five Food Felons (added sugars and syrups, all trans and most sat fats, and any grain that isn’t 100% whole). Eat five to nine servings of produce daily. Then you’ll be Defensive Player of the Year too!

Medically reviewed in February 2019.

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