According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes. As many as 7 million Americans may be undiagnosed, and 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010.
During Diabetes Month, Cadence Health Diabetes Education Services is encouraging you to familiarize yourself with the risk factors for developing diabetes. Knowledge is the key to both prevention and treatment.
Prediabetes – blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes – is a serious medical condition. But it can be treated.
People with prediabetes can help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes by making changes in their diet and increasing their level of physical activity. In many cases, it’s even possible to return blood glucose levels to the normal range.
Just 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity, coupled with a 5-10% reduction in body weight, produces up to a 58 percent reduction in diabetes. A healthy diet is critical, too. Here are a few tips on making healthful food choices.
In this fight, knowledge is power. Let’s spread the word about diabetes risks and the simple steps we can all take to prevent onset. For more information, call Diabetes Education Services at 630.208.3345 or visit www.diabetes.org.
Cadence Health Diabetes Education Services can help you with preventing and treating prediabetes, type 1 and 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes. Visit the above link for information on making an appointment to meet your needs.