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