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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30.3 million Americans have diabetes, 84.1 million 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, Managing & Preventing Diabetes a reliable resource (with your healthcare team) for helping to manage the disease and avoid its complications.
Should your situation be prediabetes,, the good news is that you may be able to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by making important lifestyle changes — including eating healthfully, increasing your physical activity, dropping extra pounds if you’re overweight, and keeping your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose in check (“Reduce Your Diabetes Risk“).
‘Tis the season for celebration, with wonderful dinners, parties and other festive events on the calendar that will likely feature an abundance of tempting foods. Learn the simplest, best ways to avoid overindulging (“But It’s Thanksgiving!“).
Exercise can go a long way toward burning some of those extra holiday calories. Moving at least 150 minutes a week may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and may prevent heart disease. If the prospect of a long workout seems daunting, take heart in the fact that short sessions can be just as beneficial.
Try to work movement into your day whenever possible, from taking the stairs to walking, doing aerobics, stretching and strength training. Just don’t let the colder temperatures hamper your efforts (“Winter Moves“). And always consult your healthcare provider prior to beginning any new fitness regimen.
Getting a move-on also can assist with sleep, and improving your sleep habits may play a part in enabling you to better manage blood glucose levels (“Chasing Your ZZZs“).
Another reason to get sufficient sleep is that being well rested can reduce your susceptibility to illness (“Achoo!“). Any type of ailment may make it more difficult to take charge of your diabetes and will affect blood glucose levels. So, if you get the flu or just catch the common cold, take good care of yourself. Continue to test your blood glucose levels frequently, eat well and take your diabetes medications or insulin.
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