5 Ways to Avoid or Fight Type 2 Diabetes
Approximately 1.9 million people were newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2010, according to the Center for Disease Control. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. The good news is that studies show that lifestyle changes, including weight loss and increased physical activity, can reduce development of type 2 Diabetes by 71% in adults aged 60 or older.
What Can You Do?:
1. Make healthy food choices
- Eat more fruits and vegetables.
- Give up soda-pop and other sweetened beverages, and drink more water.
- Reduce your sugar intake.
- Reduce carbohydrate (starch) intake including pasta, potatoes, rice and breads.
- Watch your portion size! A simple trick to use at home is to use smaller plates. When eating out, try eating only half of what you are served, and take the rest home for another meal.
2. Get Physical!
- Go for a walk every day.
- Take the stairs when you can, rather than elevators or escalators.
- Park further away when driving and walk a few more steps to your destination.
3. Know your fasting blood sugar
- If you don't know your "blood glucose," be sure and ask us to perform this simple in-office test.
4. Take your Medication!
- If you have been prescribed medication for Diabetes, make sure to take it religiously!
- Refill your medications promptly and never miss a dose.
- Report any side effects or problems with your medications to us at your next visit.
5. Remember, YOU are in charge of your health!
- Diabetes can be controlled, and more importantly, it can be prevented.
- Diabetes doesn’t just happen. There are signs and symptoms that it is coming.
- Pay attention to what your body tells you and inform us of any concerns you have.