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 that 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 defenses even more by:
• Losing weight if you need to
• Getting an additional 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity a day
• Doing strength-building exercises two to three times weekly
• Eat five to nine servings of produce daily
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