Diabetes Prevention and Management
Diabetes Month is the perfect time for you to renew your plan to prevent diabetes or manage it more successfully. The first step is making sure you get all the reliable information you need to set yourself on a healthy course in the months ahead. We have all the tips, tools and tactics you’ll need to learn to manage your diabetes and prevent further health problems.
With Prediabetes, Action is the Best Medicine
Discovering that you have prediabetes doesn’t have to signal that Type 2 Diabetes is in your future. There are some basic actions you can take to change your course.
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There are ways to manage your Type 2 Diabetes and a support group to help you every step of the way.
How to prevent diabetes
Lose extra weight
You may be able to reduce your risk of diabetes by more than half by losing the extra pounds you carry.
Set a weight-loss goal based on your current body weight. Talk to your doctor about reasonable short-term goals and expectations, such as a losing 1 to 2 pounds a week.
Be more physically active
Regular physical activity can help you lose weight, lower your blood sugar and boost your sensitivity to insulin which helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range
Eat healthy plant foods
Fiber-rich plant foods like many fruits, vegetables and whole grains promote weight by being more filling and energy rich. This helps you avoid “bad carbohydrates” such as white bread and pastries, pasta from white flour, fruit juices, and processed foods that are high in sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.
Eat healthy fats
To help lose and manage weight, your diet should include unsaturated fats, so-called "good fats" that promote healthy blood cholesterol levels and good heart and vascular health. Sources of good fats include various oils, nuts and seeds and fish. Try to moderate your intake of saturated fats found in certain dairy products and meats.
Skip fad diets and make healthier choices
Fad diets may help you lose weight however little is known about the long-term benefits of these diets or their role in preventing diabetes. Healthy dietary decisions need to include a strategy that you can maintain as a lifelong habit. Making healthy decisions that reflect some of your own preferences for food and traditions may be beneficial for you over time.