November is National Diabetes Awareness Month-Don’t Become a Statistic!

November 5, 2012

There’s no doubt that diabetes has become a national health epidemic. According to data from the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3 percent of the population – have diabetes:

  • Diagnosed: 18.8 million people
  • Undiagnosed: 7.0 million people
  • Prediabetes: 79 million people

The good news is that you can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes with certain lifestyle changes.  And if you already have diabetes, these same lifestyle changes can help you control the condition and decrease your risk for complications.

Two of the most important strategies include controlling your weight with a low-fat, high-fiber diet, and adding some physical activity to your daily routine.  Even moderate exercise, such as walking, can help lower your blood glucose.  Exercise also decreases the risk of heart disease, which is common in people with diabetes.

For more information on what you can do to reduce your risk, check out diet options with the Floyd Memorial Weight Management Center by visiting www.floydweightloss.com or calling 812-949-7151. And for those looking to better manage their diabetes and reduce their risk of complications, learn more about diabetes education classes available through the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Floyd Memorial by visiting www.floydmemorial.com/diabetes or calling 812-949-5700.