November is National Diabetes Month and the American Diabetes Association offers some helpful tips if you are at risk for diabetes or have been diagnosed. As always, consult your healthcare provider for treatment and prevention before undertaking any course of action.

There are two kinds of diabetes.

In Type 1 diabetes the body does not produce insulin. The body breaks down the carbohydrates you eat into blood sugar that it uses for energy—and insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, everyone can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes—and it means that your body doesn’t use insulin properly. And while some people can control their blood sugar levels with healthy eating and exercise, others may need medication or insulin to help manage it.

To better manage diabetes, the American Diabetes Association has these recommendations:

  • Maintain a healthy diet. You need to eat something sustainable that helps you feel better and still makes you feel happy and fed. Work to find helpful tips and diet plans that best suit your lifestyle—and how you can make your nutritional intake work the hardest for you.
  • If you’re overweight, it impacts more than your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It leads to unhealthy cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, high blood sugar and even stroke. The good news? Losing just 10-15 pounds can make a big difference.
  • Fitness is another key to managing type 2. The key is to find activities you love and do them as often as you can. No matter how fit you are, a little activity every day can help you put yourself in charge of your life.
  • You already know smoking is bad for you. What you may not know is that it reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches your organs and causes a range of issues, from high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol to heart attack and stroke.
  • If you have high blood pressure, you’re not alone; it affects nearly one in three American adults. High blood pressure makes your heart work harder, which raises your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other problems.

For more information on diabetes, please visit the American Diabetes Association, or contact your healthcare provider at Kaukauna Clinic.

All information courtesy of the American Diabetes Association.

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