While poor eating habits and low levels of exercise can contribute to diabetes, this doesn’t always mean that you will develop the disease – you have a say!
Knowing your family history, the pre-diagnosed symptoms and silent causes of diabetes can make all the difference. While many people chalk up high consumption of sugars as the main contributor, weight gain and genetics also play a role.
November is American Diabetes Month and there isn’t a better time to start managing your health and preventing this disease.
By taking advantage of initiatives such as free diabetes prevention programs, those with diabetes or those at risk of developing the disease can better understand how to manage their health and get on the fast track to healthy living.
Watch the video below for more information on Rebecca’s experience with the program and how teaming up with Priority Health has helped change her life.
Here are five tips from Rebecca Carrier, a Michigan participant who benefited from a recent Priority Health Diabetes Prevention Program first-hand:
- Tracking what you eat does have an impact on the food choices you make. If you see that you’re making poor diet choices, you’ll want to make a change and reduce the amount of unhealthy items you consume.
- Eating is a choice. There is no obligation to clean your plate, and rushing to finish a meal doesn’t let you realize when you’re actually full, which leads to overeating. Taking your time while eating can also help you enjoy your food that much more.
- Physical activity is a must and can increase gradually. Small, routine exercises create a consistent change. Even a walk around the block at lunch and when you get home from work can prompt higher levels of activity.
- Making sustainable changes is easier if change is made in small steps – this is part of the reason why the Priority Health Diabetes Prevention Program is 16 weeks in length; it suggests a gradual introduction to change.
- No single act (over consumption, poor choice, inactivity for a day), will make or break a sustainable change. Change is hard, that’s why it takes time – keep at it.
Whether you suffer from the disease, know someone who has type 1 or type 2 or have only heard of diabetes, consider these statistics provided by the American Diabetes Association:
- Every 19 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes.
- Nearly 29 million children and adults currently have diabetes in the United States.
- Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Nearly one in three Americans are currently diagnosed or at risk.
These numbers may be shocking, but the best way to avoid developing diabetes is knowing your own health. Understanding not only the risk of diabetes, but how to take preventive measures can lead to a long-lasting and healthy life.
Improving your health to avoid developing diabetes can be as easy as educating yourself. Controlling weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise could not only save you money, but could also save your life.
For more information on prevention programs near you, visit http://www.priorityhealth.com/diabetes