Your answers to these questions can be a matter of life and death. Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions. Nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes, including over 101,000 adults in Philadelphia. These statistics, in addition to the personal struggles of people and their loved ones with diabetes, call the need for action. So, during American Diabetes Month this November, whether you have Type 1, Type 2, or gestational diabetes (during pregnancy) take action in controlling your diabetes.
If you are working to control your diabetes or prevent diabetes all together, that’s great! However, for those who need a little help, consider the following:
· Control your weight. Excess fat keeps insulin from working properly.
· Watch what you eat. This is true all year round and ESPECIALLY DURING THE HOLIDAYS!· Be physically active. Whether you are a walker or a runner, being active can help you reach your target weight.
· Know your numbers. Checking your blood sugar level at home will help you keep it from being too high or too low.
· Take your meds! If you are taking medication make sure you take what is prescribed.
· Get regular checkups. In managing your diabetes and reducing risk of problems, get a checkup every 3 months and a foot and eye exam every year (or as recommended by your doctor).
Remember, you are not in this fight alone. Another important factor that people tend to forget is relying on their social networks to prevent or manage their diabetes. “Why not promote health with the ones you love!” Friends, family, extended family, church folk, co-workers and others you depend on for information and support are there to help you.
If you have diabetes or you know someone with the disease, please reach out to them and provide a helping hand, healthy advice, or even prepare a healthy meal for them. Your body, spirit, and soul will thank you for it.
Information adapted from:American Diabetes Association @http://www.diabetes.org/