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Let’s Talk About Sugar

I work in a doctor’s office 2 days a week and a lot of the patients that come in there are diabetic. Learning about diabetes was one of the reasons I became a Health Coach. My final project while working on my Master’s program was on how to use social media apps to monitor diabetes in patients.

Diabetes can affect almost every part of your body.  Through my research, I realized that you are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if you’re not physically active and are overweight or obese. After finding this out I resolved to do my part to help prevent this disease.

You are more likely to be at risk if

✓ Overweight
✓ 45 years or older
✓ Family history of diabetes
✓ Have high blood pressure
✓ Belong to an ethnic group at high risk for diabetes such as Native American, African American, Hispanic or Asian.

You might not have diabetes however you may have prediabetes which is when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.

In both cases, it is important to discuss your risk factors with your doctor.

You can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association by losing weight and doing a moderate physical activity as well as medical treatment provided by a healthcare professional.

Even if you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, there are still things you can do on your own to help lower your chances of having a heart attack, stroke, or other diabetic problems.

✓ Follow a meal plan that consists of fruits and vegetables, beans, whole grains, chicken or turkey without the skin, fish and lean meats. Avoid drinking sugar-sweetened beverages and opt for water.
✓ Follow a plan for physical activity. Start off with 3 days a week for at least 15 minutes and gradually increase to at least 30 minutes 3-5 days a week.

Meet with your physician regularly and be sure to ask questions. Remember you are your own best health advocate and the most valuable member of your diabetes self-care team.

Managing diabetes might not be easy but it’s worth it for you and your loved ones.

Chances are you know someone with diabetes so please share this post. You can save a life!

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