What's the Big Deal?
Info from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Almost 86 million US adults have pre-diabetes, and 90% of them don’t know it. The numbers are staggering; 1 in 3 adults has pre-diabetes and is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Pre-diabetes is when blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. If you have pre-diabetes, you are at risk for a stroke and heart attack. There is good news! With a little exercise and a change in diet, pre-diabetes can often be reversed.
Know Your Risk For Diabetes! You are at risk for diabetes if you,
- Are overweight or obese.
- Have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes.
- Are African American, American Indian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, or of Hispanic American/Latino heritage.
- Had gestational (pregnancy) diabetes or gave birth to a baby weighing over 9 pounds.
- Have high blood pressure -140/90 or higher.
- Have abnormal cholesterol with an HDL ("good") cholesterol of 35 or less or a triglyceride level of 250 or more.
- Exercise less than three times a week.
If you are 45 years or older, consider being tested for diabetes, especially if you are overweight. If you are younger than 45, but are overweight and have one or more other risk factors, talk to your doctor about getting testing.
Take the Diabetes Risk Test
Call your healthcare provider today to discuss the above recommendations.
Lower Your Risk
Not as hard as you think
- Eat smaller portions.
- Eat less fat. Fats have a lot of calories. You especially want to limit foods that are high in saturated fats or trans fats, like
- Fatty cuts of meat.
- Fried Foods
- Whole milk and dairy products made from whole milk.
- Cakes, candy, cookies, crackers, and pies.
- Salad dressings.
- Lard, shortening, stick margarine, and nondairy creamers.
- Get some exercise. Physical activity helps control your blood sugar, weight and blood pressure. It helps raise your good cholesterol and lower your bad. Being active aids in preventing heart and blood flow problems.
Looking for a Little Help?
For Local Diabetes Prevention and Management, contact the Wellness Department at UR Thompson and ask about their Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP): 1-585-396-6111
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