American Diabetes Month: Prevention and Awareness
By Rep. Lynn Westmoreland
November 29, 2012
Although there is no known cure for diabetes, there are many ways you can prevent or improve your chances for being diagnosed. Genetics and other factors, such as gestational diabetes, are things we can’t control, but by living a healthy lifestyle you can delay or prevent the onset of Type 2.
Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best ways since Type 2 diabetes is commonly diagnosed among overweight or obese individuals. A healthy diet and at least 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week can dramatically lower the risk of being diagnosed. Actively preventing diabetes can also help with lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure, preventing heart disease and other illnesses. The CDC encourages individuals over 45, especially those that are obese, or those who have risk factors get tested for diabetes. Taking small steps towards prevention can make a big difference.
Spreading awareness is one of the best ways to prevent Type 2 or help diagnose Type 1. Organizations, such as the American Diabetes Association, put together walks and other events to get people involved. In encouraging involvement, more people can learn the warning signs, risk factors, and prevention tips that could save or improve you or a loved one’s life.
As American Diabetes Month comes to an end, I hope you all have had the opportunity to learn more about diabetes and share what A Day in the Life of Diabetes means to you.