A Useful Guide: National Diabetes Awareness Month
Whether you have diabetes or know someone who does, National Diabetes Month, which happens every November, affects us all.
Diabetes is a growing concern in the United States and is often described as an “epidemic” affecting our society. Throughout the month many government agencies, media organizations and private businesses will focus their attention on the epidemic of prediabetes and diabetes in our country.
What can you do to get involved and inform yourself about diabetes? Keep reading to find out:
In many cases, diabetes can be avoided by investing in your health and engaging in an active lifestyle.
Below are a few things you can do today to prevent diabetes:
Commit to a healthier lifestyle. You don’t have to live at the gym to prevent diabetes; simply committing to walking 10,000 steps (or 5 miles) a week or exercising daily can help you manage your weight, keep your body healthy, and prevent diabetes.
Watch what you eat. Make a point to try a new fruit or vegetable each month; commit to cooking for yourself five nights a week if you eat out often, and avoid sugary and unhealthy snacks whenever possible.
Manage Your Diabetes
If you already have diabetes, then it may not feel like there’s much you can do, but a little self-care and preventative action can help you enjoy a long, healthy life.
Floss every day. Periodontal or gum disease can have a negative effect on your ability to manage your diabetes.
Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated not only helps keep your body working at maximum efficiency, but it can also prevent snacking when you aren’t hungry, which can help with weight management.
Get lots of sleep. Sleeping helps your body work properly, and if you’re tired not only will you mentally feel sluggish, but it becomes easier to slip into bad habits like forgetting to exercise or relying on fast food instead of cooking for yourself.
Participate in World Diabetes Day November 14th
Find out about diabetes-related events and activities near you by visiting the International Diabetes Federation’s website at www.idf.org, and get out and participate.
Whether that’s walking in a marathon, showing up to an event in a park, or even attending a diabetes support group, there are lots of ways to educate yourself and find supports.
Build Up Your Support System
Having diabetes can feel like an isolating experience for many people, which is why it’s important to stay in touch with your feelings and communicate with your doctor and loved ones.
Attending a support group for people with diabetes can be an easy way to connect with other people and to share your struggles and your successes. Being able to talk to other people who can relate to what you are experiencing can go a long way towards helping you make the right choices when it comes to managing your diabetes.
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