Diabetes: Why Ignoring Diabetes Is a Bad Idea & 5 Things to Do Instead by Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP

Diabetes: Why Ignoring Diabetes Is a Bad Idea & 5 Things to Do Instead

Diabetes is a silent threat that too many people don’t take seriously. Every 21 seconds, someone is diagnosed, yet there are still more than 100 million people unknowingly walking around with some form of the disease. If diabetes isn’t on your health radar, here are four ways to get back on track.

  • Get blood sugar checked. Most people who have diabetes have no symptoms, so don’t wait around for a sign. The only way to know for sure is to be tested. 
  • Take high blood sugar to heart. People with prediabetes are higher risk for developing diabetes, but they can reverse fate by making healthier lifestyle choices. 
  • Shed some extra pounds. Almost 90 percent of people with diabetes are overweight, but losing as little as 5 percent of your body weight can dramatically lower your blood sugar, and your risk. 
  • Eat healthier. Limit red meats and processed foods and stick to diets rich in whole grains, fruit, vegetables and lean proteins that burn slower and cause your body to produce less insulin. 
  • Get moving. Exercise helps you lose weight and tells your body to use insulin more efficiently, which lowers blood sugar.

Making better choices now can avoid future risks.

The information on 30Seconds.com is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal health care provider.

Related Products on Amazon We Think You May Like:

30Second Mobile, Inc. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Great information about a growing condition. Thank you, Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP !

join discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

Coronavirus & Eating Out at Restaurants: 10 Steps to Safer Dining Out During the COVID-19 Pandemic

33 Million People Have No Idea They Have Kidney Disease: Recognizing These 10 Kidney Disease Symptoms Could Save Your Life

Minority Health Challenges: Resources for Low-Income Minorities During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Get Happy About Serotonin: 5 Natural Ways to Boost Serotonin (the "Happy Hormone") in Your Body

Got 30 seconds? Sign up for 30Seconds.com and get the best of our tips each week!