Diabetes Prevention Tips and Tricks

Posted Friday, November 1, 2013

8% of the total population of the US has diabetes

The Importance of Knowing The Facts

Medical expenditures for people living with diabetes are almost 2½ times that of someone without diabetes.

In 2011, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) stated that there were a total of
25.8 million cases of diabetes in the United States. The most common form of
diabetes is type 2, also known as hyperglycemia, which accounts for 97% of all
diabetic cases. Hyperglycemia is caused when the body becomes resistant to insulin
or the pancreas becomes unable to produce enough insulin required for the body.

Review some of the tips below about diabetes, how it affects your life, and how to
reduce your risk:

Small Changes make a Big Difference
We all know the importance of being a healthy weight, but did you know that
maintaining a healthy weight is a key method to avoid developing hyperglycemia?
Even if you are overweight, with small changes you can create a healthier lifestyle to
lead you to your ideal weight.
• Reduce sugar intake, especially artificial sweeteners.
• Use high-intensity, short burst workout to help regulate blood sugar.
• Detox. Much of what we eat can clog our systems, detoxing can increase the body’s
productivity and inclination to weight-loss.
• Keep a record of what you eat. This will create a physical record for what is being
put into the body.
• Make small substitutions; instead of having a chocolate bar, eat some almonds.
Over time the healthy choice will be the go-to.

The key to success is making small changes over time; this will prevent a burnout
from not seeing results!

The ADA recommends regular screening for patients over 45, but anyone overweight
should be screened regularly. Speak with patients about their risks for diabetes and
steps to avoid it. Patients can evaluate their risk on the ADA website. http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/prevention/diabetes-risk-test/

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