There are over 30 million adults living with diabetes in the United States.
In addition, there are 84 million more who are diagnosed as pre-diabetic.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), having prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
Prediabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
Folks are more at risk if they:
- Are overweight.
- Are 45 years of age or older.
- A parent or sibling has type 2 diabetes.
- Are physically active fewer than 3 times per week.
- Ever gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
- Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes).
While there is no cure for diabetes, there are things you can do to prevent developing the disease and reverse prediabetes.
Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and drinking a lot of water are just some of the things you can do to avoid diabetes. Other preventative measures include quitting smoking, limiting carbs and processed foods and avoiding sitting down for long periods of time.
If you already have diabetes, whether it’s type 1 or type 2, there are steps you can take to live your best life. Keep your blood sugar levels under control by taking your medications as directed. Watch your diet, and monitor your glucose regularly.
Most importantly, be sure to keep those follow-up appointments with your doctor so your condition and treatment plan can be reviewed on a regular basis. To contact Sterling Health to schedule your appointment, call us at (859) 404 7686.