Do you know someone that has diabetes? Chances are you do and you may be a person with diabetes yourself. Living healthy with diabetes is possible if you know your numbers and take an interest in managing the condition. Today is Diabetes Alert Day – the one day where we ask folks to consider whether they or someone they love may have diabetes.
Understanding and Reducing Your Risk
Although you cannot change your family health history, knowing about it can give you the information you need to work with your health care team to take action on the things you can change.
If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can prevent or delay this disease by making important lifestyle changes. If you’re overweight, losing five to seven percent of your body weight (for example, 10 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds) can help to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Here are some tips to help you do this:
Taking small steps is the key to overcoming any goal or condition. When you take small steps you can achieve bigger goals. Suggested goals are to move more each day and eat healthy every day.
Having a family member with diabetes increases your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. If you are a woman who had gestational diabetes during pregnancy, you are at increased risk for developing diabetes, and the child of that pregnancy is at increased risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes. Take this Family Health Quiz to see if you are at risk for developing diabetes.
One in four Americans has diabetes but doesn’t know it. Take this Diabetes Risk Test to see if you might need to check with your doctor.
Education is Key
One of the best gifts you can give yourself is the gift of education. The Center for Diabetes Excellence at Hendricks Regional Health provides counseling and education to persons with a diabetes or pre-diabetes. Education is available in a private 1:1 setting and a group setting. Learning about how to live healthy with diabetes will give you the tools you need to live a long and healthy life. Just call (317) 745-3769 for an appointment. You and your loved ones are worth taking the time and effort to learn more.
Source: National Diabetes Education Program sponsored by the National Institutes for Health