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4 Steps you can take against Diabetes

Diabetes is the most common endocrine disease and losing weight, exercising regularly, and following a healthy diet are just some of the simple steps you can take to prevent it.

The Facts about Diabetes

  • 37.3 million Americans—about 1 in 10—have diabetes, and 1 in 5 people with diabetes don’t even know they have it.
  • 96 million American adults—more than 1 in 3—have prediabetes, and more than 8 in 10 adults with prediabetes don’t know they have it.
  • The risk of developing diabetes increases with age. But there are other factors, too. Ethnic background may increase your risk.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, diabetes emerged as an underlying condition that increases the chance of severe illness. Nearly 4 in 10 adults who died from COVID-19 in the United States also had diabetes.

(Stats are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The Good News

The good news is that there are many lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk of diabetes. Here are some of the most effective changes:

1. Eating a balanced diet is essential for good health. Eating foods that are low in sugar and fat can help reduce your risk of diabetes.

2. Being physically active is also important. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day, such as walking or cycling.

3. Monitoring and controlling your blood sugar levels is also important. Eating foods that are low in sugar and starch can help to keep your blood sugar levels under control.

4. Taking care of your mental health is equally important. Stress can increase your risk of diabetes, so make sure to practice stress management techniques.

By making these simple changes, you can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

Your primary care physician can provide comprehensive care for pre-diabetes. They can help coordinate your care, monitor your progress, and adjust your treatment plan as needed. Additionally, they can collaborate with other specialists, such as registered dietitians or exercise physiologists, to further optimize your care and ensure a comprehensive approach to managing diabetes.