10 Diabetes Prevention and Control Tips

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10 Diabetes Tips for National Diabetes Month
  1. Prevention of diabetes is possible.
  2. Diabetes Control Matters A Lot!
  3. Another name for diabetes is diabetes mellitus.
  4. Most adults who develop diabetes develop Type 2 diabetes
  5. Another name for Type 2 diabetes is non-insulin dependent diabetes
  6. Type 2 diabetes usually occurs in overweight or obese individuals. Therefore, weight control is closely related to preventing diabetes.
  7. Diabetes prevention and control are important because of possible serious complications of diabetes.
  8. Possible complications of diabetes include: kidney failure | heart disease | vision loss or blindness | gangrene
  9. Two things that are very helpful in preventing and controlling diabetes are:
    • A lot of Physical Activity – Pick a variety of physical activities you like and get at least 30 minutes of activity a day at least 5 days a week. Walking is a good exercise, but if that’s your choice, try to walk every day. If you haven’t been very active, consult your doctor before starting. Our Fitness Tip Sheets will help you meet and keep this goal.
    • Eating Healthy – The Food Branch of our Food & Fitness Channel provides many recipes and Tip Sheets for Shopping Smart, Cooking Good, and Eating Healthy.
  10. If you have diabetes, control it, so that it won’t control you, by:
    • Keeping all your medical and other clinical appointments
    • Staying physically active and following your food plan
    • Having your eyes checked every year
    • Examining your feet often, and taking good care of them
    • Taking care of your teeth and gums
    • Not smoking, and
    • Monitoring your blood glucose (blood sugar) level often:
      • The fasting blood glucose level should be 90-130 mg/dl.
      • After meals, it should be less than 180 mg/dl.
      • The AlC test should be done about every 3 months.
See also Health Power’s Section on Diabetes.
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