- Nearly 30-million Americans have diabetes, according to the latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control.
- A study at Harvard reported that another 6-million people are diabetic but don’t know they have the disease.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of nerve damage, blindness and kidney failure among adults, and having this disease greatly increases your risk of heart disease.
- Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
Luckily, nine-out-of-10 cases of diabetes are avoidable. For those at risk, changes in weight, diet and implementing an exercise plan can prevent diabetes and bring blood sugar levels within acceptable range. Even the inherited risk of Type 2 diabetes can be thwarted by lifestyle changes.
Lifestyle changes can be the path to Type 2 diabetes prevention. These simple changes in your lifestyle now may help you avoid the serious health complications of diabetes in the future. And implementing this plan can help those with diabetes to manage the disease and avoid future health complications. Lifestyle changes include:
- Escape the sedentary lifestyle. Become physically active. Benefits of regular exercise include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a boost in your body’s insulin sensitivity which aids in maintaining normal range blood sugar levels. Just thirty minutes of daily exercise, made up of both aerobic and resistance training, makes a difference in your health.
- Enjoy a healthy diet. Eat plenty of fiber found in veggies, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Resist fad diets. Avoid sugary drinks. Practice portion control. Make wise nutritional choices as a daily part of your healthy eating plan.
- Drop the extra weight. Discuss the right weight for you with your doctor, and get there. Your general health will improve, and maintaining a healthy weight is a great part of your diabetes maintenance and prevention plan.
- Don’t smoke. Stop smoking if you do. And abstain from alcohol.
Diabetes care in Gallatin, Tennessee is provided for you at Sumner Regional Medical Center. The Sumner Diabetes Program is taught by a Registered Nurse and a Registered Dietitian, both certified by the National Certification Board of Diabetes Instructors. We encourage you to attend the daytime or evening session for the one-day class on diabetes education, and bring your spouse or another friend. These classes are kept small to maintain a relaxed atmosphere. Ask your doctor for an order for the Sumner Regional Diabetes and Nutrition Education class. Call 615-328-6190 for more information.