National Diabetes Awareness Month
November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes. This year’s focus is on prediabetes and preventing diabetes.
Prediabetes is a serious health condition where your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. According to the CDC, more than 1 in 3 U.S. adults have prediabetes - that’s 88 million people - but the majority of people don’t know they have it.
The good news is that making small healthy lifestyle changes makes it possible to prevent type 2 diabetes and even reverse your prediabetes.
Here are some tips to help manage prediabetes and prevent diabetes.
1. Take small steps.
Making changes to your lifestyle and daily habits can be challenging, but you don’t have to change everything at once. It is okay to start small. Remember that setbacks are normal and do not mean you have failed—the key is to get back on track as soon as you can.
2. Move more.
Limit time spent sitting and try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity, including taking a nice walk, five days a week. Start slowly by breaking it up throughout the day.
3. Choose healthier foods and drinks most of the time.
Pick foods that are high in fiber and low in fat and sugar. Build a plate that includes a balance of vegetables, protein, and carbohydrates. Drink water instead of sweetened drinks. Substituting PurecaneTM for sugar in your diet can help control blood sugar spikes when used in tandem with a healthy diet!.
4. Maintain a healthy weight, and keep it off.
You may be able to prevent or delay diabetes by losing 5 to 7 percent of your starting weight (if you’re not currently at a healthy weight).
5. Seek support.
It is possible to reverse prediabetes. Making a plan, tracking your progress, and getting support from your health care professional and loved ones can help you make the necessary lifestyle changes.
6. Stay up to date on vaccinations.
Flu vaccines are especially important for people who may be more likely to get very sick from the flu, such as people with diabetes.
Have a happy and healthy day!