7 Ways To Create Diabetes Awareness
November is National Awareness Month with diabetes. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death (fifth leading cause of death by disease) in America. According to the American Diabetes Association Diabetes affects over 20 million Americans, that’s 7% of the population! Another 41 million Americans have pre-diabetes. This means that about every 5 people at least one of them has diabetes or pre-diabetes. Chances are this includes you are someone that you know. Every day, about 2,200 people are diagnosed with diabetes, and the statistics get worse every year.
I think we can reverse this trend through education and awareness. Here are seven things we can all do to reverse the trend and eliminate the need for diabetes awareness month.
1. Talk to your doctor if you have diabetes or are at risk for diabetes you need to know as much as possible to your doctor as soon as possible.
2. If you have diabetes, learn to manage your sugar levels in the blood. It is extremely important to reduce the risk of serious complications, such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputations.
3. If you do not have diabetes, whether you are at risk. Find out how you can reduce your risk factors, prevent or delay a diagnosis.
4. Donate to the American Diabetes Association, directly or sponsor someone in the Walk of diabetes or the Tour de Cure. You can participate or volunteer for one of these events. For details of the American Diabetes Association at http://www.diabetes.org
5. Maintain or achieve a healthy weight. If you have diabetes, weight loss will improve your blood sugar control, and if you are a risk, it reduces your risk of becoming diabetic.
6. Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet will also help keep your blood sugar steady and helps you maintain a healthy weight. Moderating calories helps maintain or lose weight and to control the amount of carbohydrates and when you eat helps control your blood sugar.
7. Exercise regularly. Exercise is very important in the control of blood glucose and even the prevention of diabetes. Moderate exercise most days of the week improves insulin resistance and contributes to weight loss or maintenance. Exercise is essential tool for a long and healthy life if you have diabetes or not.
About the Author:
Katrina McKenna is the leading fitness expert diabetes and heart disease. She is author of the forthcoming book “Diabetes Secrets: How you can lose weight, control your blood sugar, look great and feel good with diabetes.