Is It Time for a Check-Up?:National Diabetes Awareness Month
Diabetes is a disease which is growing in the United States; an estimated 9.3% of Americans have been diagnosed, and it’s likely that much more are living with the disease but have yet to be diagnosed.
National Diabetes Month, which happens every November, an especially important time for Americans. It’s a great opportunity to learn about diabetes, and what you can do to prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes, and manage the disease.
What do you know about diabetes, and how can you inform yourself? Keep reading to find out:
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Whether you’re someone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, or if you have a loved one or family member who has been diagnosed, learning about the existence of a lifelong disease can be a challenging and confusing time.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you don’t have to suffer alone. Make a point to seek out support groups and learn as much as you can about diabetes management. Being informed, and having people around who are going through similar experiences can help ease the stress and make you feel less alone.
Diabetes is a disease which needs to be monitored and controlled for the rest of your life to prevent complications. Here are a few things that you can do to stay healthy:
- Get lots of exercises. Even if you don’t want to start lifting weights, spending a few hours a week walking, playing sports, swimming, or going for a jog can make a big difference and help keep you healthy.
- Eat properly. The easiest way to manage your weight is to eat healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and to limit carbs and refined sugars.
- Drink lots of water. Being hydrated not only helps your mind stay sharp but being properly hydrated can curb cravings and snack.
Work to Prevent Complications
Part of living a long, happy life with diabetes is to manage the disease and do your best to prevent complications. One of the easiest ways to prevent complications and stay healthy is to make sure to check your feet every single day.
Diabetes can impede blood flow, and when your circulation begins to fail your feet, which are the farthest part of your body from your heart, they will start to show signs such as bruising and discoloration. If this happens, visit your doctor immediately.
World Diabetes Day is November 14th, and all across the globe there are events geared at promoting awareness about diabetes prevention and management. If you’re interested in volunteering for or attending an event in your area, just visit the International Diabetes Federation website at www.idf.org for more information.
Work with professionals who care about your comfort and call (919) 323-8705 to reach Green Horizon today in Durham, NC.