Right now, things may be difficult for those living with diabetes. November is American Diabetes Month – a time to take action together, as a community. Together, we can conquer this disease.
Making healthy choices and taking steps to manage diabetes can ensure you don’t just have to live, but thrive with diabetes. But it’s important to take steps now; your health can’t wait. Hudson Regional Hospital is here with some tips for preventing type 2 diabetes, along with some easy ways to manage the condition.
Healthy Living to Prevent Diabetes
Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are largely preventable. About 9 in 10 cases can be avoided by making lifestyle changes. These same changes can slo lower the chances of developing heart disease and some cancers. The key to prevention? Stay lean and stay active.
Excess weight is the single most important cause of type 2 diabetes. Losing weight can help if your weight is above the healthy-weight range. Losing 7-10% of your current weight can cut your chances of developing type 2 diabetes in half.
Inactivity promotes type 2 diabetes. Working your muscles more often and making them work harder improves their ability to use insulin and absorb glucose, which puts less stress on your insulin-making cells.
Dietary and lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Choose whole grains over refined grains and other highly processed carbohydrates
- Drink water, coffee, or tea over sugary drinks
- Eat healthy fats
- Limit red meat and avoid processed meat
- Light to moderate alcohol consumption
- Don’t smoke; smokers are about 50% more likely to develop diabetes than nonsmokers
Guidelines for preventing or lowering your risk of developing type 2 diabetes are also appropriate if you currently have a diabetes diagnosis. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, and exercising regularly all help to improve blood glucose control.
About Hudson Regional Hospital
Further, Hudson Regional Hospital provides different examination and treatment options that can be used for dealing with diabetes. Hudson Regional Hospital offers preventative services as well as bariatric care to Hudson County, including diabetes management. Our team includes surgeons, internal medicine specialists, and dietitians. We offer comprehensive evaluations and for those undergoing surgery, support groups and continuing education. To schedule an appointment with a bariatric specialist, call (201) 392-3063 or go to https://www.hudsonregionalhospital.com/.