Welcome to Take Charge!
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 (along with your healthcare providers) for helping to manage the disease and avoid its complications. If your situation is prediabetes, the good news is you may be able to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
Whether you’re struggling to keep your weight down, your blood glucose in check, or both, having a healthy lifestyle — which includes making smart food choices, exercising regularly, improving your sleep habits and working with your healthcare team — can assist you in achieving your goals (“Take Charge of Diet & Fitness” and “Diabetes & Your ZZZs“).
You may not be motivated to exercise, or perhaps you simply can’t find the time, given business and family obligations, which is understandable. For the sake of your health, make an effort (“It’s Your Move“). Begin by gradually working physical activity into your day. Every movement counts, whether you’re parking farther from your destination to fit in some extra steps or choosing the stairs over the elevator whenever possible. How about walking your dog around the neighborhood? Riding a bicycle? Taking up tennis? Inviting a friend to join you for yoga or aerobics? You’re more likely to stick with an activity you 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 — as well as your cholesterol — is essential for helping to reduce your chance of a cardiovascular event (“Diabetes & Heart Disease“). Exercise has been proven to reduce blood pressure. Monitoring your sodium and alcohol intake, not smoking and keeping your blood sugar in check are also important blood pressure managing measures.
There’s much more in this edition of Take Charge!, including specifics on getting tested for diabetes (“Don’t Wonder & Worry“) and inspiring success stories about people managing the disease (“There’s Nothing You Can’t Do” and “Living With Compromise“).
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