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Lifestyle Choices Can REDUCE Your Risk For Diabetes
Glucose is a sugar that comes from the food you eat and is used for energy. Insulin is a hormone that carries the glucose in the blood to the other cells in your body. If your body doesn't produce enough insulin, or if it does not use insulin properly, then blood glucose levels can get too high, resulting in Type 2 Diabetes.
The Bad News
Too much glucose in the blood can have a long-term, widespread impact on the body.
- If it is not controlled, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease and other health problems. It is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
- The complications develop gradually, so the longer you have the disease and the less controlled your blood sugar, the higher your risk.
- Type 2 Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death. One in in 11 Americans has diabetes - more than 29 million. Another 86 million adults have prediabetes - that's one in 3 Americans. (CDC Statistics)
The Good News
There are lifestyle choices you can make to prevent or control diabetes. Making just a few small changes can have a big impact on your overall health.
- Have a regular checkup with your doctor and know your diabetes risk - find out your blood sugar reading and your A1c; get your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers.
- Exercise! Find a way to increase your daily steps and activity level
- Eat a balanced diet. This means less processed foods and refined sugars.
- Lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Even a 5% reduction can have a positive impact.
November is "American Diabetes Awareness Month," an important part of the American Diabetes Association's efforts to focus the nation's attention on this public health crisis, and the millions of people affected by it. Remember to spread the word and educate family members, not only this month but every month, to help them get on the right path to wellness.
Blog Written By: Tara Martin, Population Health Director