Welcome to Take Charge!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30.3 million Americans have diabetes, 84.1 million adults ages 18 years and older have prediabetes — and the numbers continue to rise.
If diabetes is affecting you or a loved one, we trust you’ll find Take Charge! Living With, Preventing & Stopping Diabetes a reliable resource (along with your healthcare providers) for helping to manage the disease and avoid its complications. If your family concern is prediabetes, the good news is you may be able to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
When you find keeping your blood sugar in check challenging, having a healthy lifestyle — which includes eating healthfully, exercising regularly, reducing your stress level and working with your healthcare team — can assist you in achieving your goals (“Take Charge of Your Health”).
Studies show that a Mediterranean diet, featuring an abundance of fruits and vegetables, limited red meat, more fish, and olive oil as the primary source of fat, may play a role in glycemic control and in the prevention of cardiovascular disease (“Go Mediterranean”).
If you cannot find the time to exercise, do make an effort — for the sake of your health (“Move Toward Fitness”). Begin by working physical activity into your day gradually. Every movement counts, whether you’re parking further from the store to fit an extra walk or choosing the stairs over the elevator whenever you can. How about riding a bike? Finding a fun sport? Inviting a friend to join you at an exercise class? You’re more likely to stick to a regimen that you actually enjoy.
Getting a move-on also matters when it comes to your blood pressure. Since having diabetes puts you at higher risk for a heart attack or stroke, controlling your blood pressure is essential (“Keep It Down!”). Exercise has been proven to reduce resting blood pressure. Monitoring your intake of sodium and alcohol, not smoking and keeping your blood sugar in check are also important blood pressure managing measures.
Taking charge of diabetes often requires consulting more than one provider (“Teamwork”), as diabetes affects multiple organ systems. Your healthcare team may include a diabetes educator, family physician, podiatrist, an ophthalmologist and an endocrinologist.
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