Diabetes Awareness Month: Tips for Preventing and Recognizing Signs of Diabetes
In honor of Diabetes Awareness Month we are pleased share some tips on preventing and recognizing diabetes.
1. Be aware of the signs. During this month, take the time to make an appointment with your doctor for a wellness checkup and diabetes screening. If you believe you are at risk or showing signs of diabetes, it is important that you take action. Some of the more common symptoms of diabetes include excessive thirst, weight gain or loss, changes in vision, or frequent urination – just to name a few.
2. Think before you eat. If you are at risk or believe you are showing possible symptoms of diabetes, it may be necessary to change your diet. Carbohydrates have a big impact on blood sugar levels. Consuming higher protein foods can help stabilize your blood sugar. And don’t worry that you’ll have to give up all your favorites. Speak with your healthcare provider about how you can enjoy certain foods in moderation.
3. Bottoms up! Food isn’t the only item you consume that can dramatically affect your blood sugar. What you drink, and how much, is just as important. Find a water bottle or cup that you love and make it your best friend. Sub water for sugary, caffeinated beverages, and switch from whole milk in your coffee and cereal to 1% or skim. Satisfy yourself more and reduce your processed sugar intake by eating fruits instead of drinking fruit juice.
4. Keep it moving. Exercise helps keep your blood glucose and blood pressure on target. Adding any type of physical activity that helps strengthen your heart, improve blood circulation or decrease stress can contribute to weight loss and help reduce the risk of developing diabetes. As with any exercise program, check with your healthcare provider before starting.
5. Don’t tip the scales. Even moderate weight loss – like 10% of your body weight –and a reduced calorie intake can help decrease your diabetes risk. Talk to your healthcare professional about additional steps you can take to reduce your risks of developing diabetes.
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