More than a million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year. Maybe you’re living with the condition now. Although there is no cure, excellent treatment can prevent or delay much of the illness and complications.
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and Central Florida Health Care wants people to know they have the power to fight against diabetes. We have a program to help anyone with pre-diabetes, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes during pregnancy.
Pre-diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes, but when caught early, it can go away with a change in diet and exercise.
Type 1 diabetes is typically diagnosed at a young age and requires taking insulin every day. Type 2 is mostly prevalent later in life when you can’t keep sugar at normal levels.
Dominiqua Lint, A Certified Diabetes Care, and Education Specialist, says one of the most important things people with diabetes should do is keep blood sugar levels within the normal range to prevent long-term health problems, like kidney disease and vision loss. A glucometer is a great tool to help you test daily levels. Blood sugar levels below 70mg/dL are considered low.
Adults over age 45 and those under age 45 who are overweight are encouraged to get an A1C test to measure their average blood sugar.
Dietician, Ronald Lund, says lifestyle choices are one of the keys to reducing complications and possibly putting diabetes into remission. He encourages his patients to create an eating plan that includes foods low in fat and calories, including vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Exercising at least 30 minutes 5 times a week is also advised.
Dominiqua says taking prescribed medications is also vital to staying well. Ask your pharmacist about downloading a pill reminder app or how to get a pill organizer. Diabetes will most likely change your life, but you have the power to control the outcomes if you learn how to manage the condition using all the available tools and put your best health first!