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American diabetes month

November is American Diabetes Month-- Check out these tips to help prevent or manage type 2 Diabetes

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American diabetes month

  1. 1. Month Diabetes Real Living Nutrition American
  2. 2. NOVEMBER AMERICAN DIABETES MONTH 01 is American Diabetes Month, it's a good time to consider your risk for diabetes and what you can do about it.
  3. 3. CHECKUP AMERICA AMERICAN DIABETES MONTH 02 is an American Diabetes Association program working to help people lower their risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. These two diseases account for a large portion of public health issues, as well as health care costs.
  4. 4. THE GOOD NEWS AMERICAN DIABETES MONTH 03 is they are somewhat preventable. The American Diabetes Association recommends taking a look at these ten key areas of your health and lifestyle in order to lower your risk of Type 2 Diabetes
  5. 5. C H O L E S T E R O L a form of fat that is carried in the blood. Unhealthy cholesterol and lipid levels can raise your risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Everyone should have their lipid levels checked by their doctor by age 20 and at least every 5 years, or more often as recommended by your physician. Ideal numbers: LDL <100 HDL >45 Triglycerides <150 Cholesterol <200 You can improve your numbers by losing weight, exercising, and eating a low fat, high fiber diet
  6. 6. AGE, RACE, GENDER, FAMILY HISTORY There are some things that affect your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke that you can't change But being aware of them can help you take smart steps to lower your risk Ask around and find out what your family history involves
  7. 7. SMOKING Smoking causes a lot of problems in your body and certainly raises your risk for heart attack or stroke Coupling that with a diabetes diagnosis is not good Look for a smoking cessation program and kick the habit
  8. 8. GESTATIONAL DIABETES If you have had gestational diabetes (GDM, diabetes during pregnancy), you are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life, again, this is about being aware of your risk factors.
  9. 9. HEALTHY EATING Eating healthy is one of the most important things you can do to lower your risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease Healthy eating needs to be an ongoing goal Work at improving your eating habits every week. Seek support to help you set goals and get on the right track
  10. 10. BEING OVERWEIGHT Weight control is perhaps the most important step you can take to prevent type 2 diabetes and the problems associated with it (heart disease, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol) If you already have diabetes and are overweight, losing weight is a very important step towards your goal of better managing blood sugars
  11. 11. HIGH BLOOD SUGAR Managing your blood glucose (sugar) can help you prevent and manage type 2 diabetes.You do not have to avoid all sugars in your diet when you have diabetes, but a diet low in sugar is your best bet Overall calorie control and carbohydrate management is key. Well-managed blood sugars (blood sugars that are within normal range and consistent most of the day) help prevent many of the additional health complications that go along with long-term diabetes (heart disease, kidney disease, nerve damage) Working with a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) can help you understand your unique situation and lifestyle. Take advantage of local group diabetes education classes in our area and at Meadville Medical Center
  12. 12. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY It's not just about what you eat, but also how much you move. Exercise and physical activity help manage your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol, and lower your risk for pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Prioritize exercise and schedule it into your day, then schedule the rest of your day, but don't prioritize your schedule If you're not healthy, you won't be able to go to work, school, or have any fun with family or friends. Do it.
  13. 13. SMALL CHANGES ADD UP In coaching our clients at we encourage small changes, as they do add up to big results. Often people don't know where to begin. Support can be found in many places. Working with a certified diabetes educator and a registered dietitian can help you define small goals to get your diet and blood glucose management in check.Working with a personal trainer can help motivate you to get out the door to exercise, and do so safely without injury. Using a diet and exercise journal to work through your eating and exercise plan can also help provide you with a clear picture of your goals and progress
  14. 14. GET HEALTHY & STAY HEALTHY AMERICAN DIABETES MONTH Do your part to prevent diabetes or control its impact on future health.
  15. 15. ROSANNE RUST AMERICAN DIABETES MONTH REAL LIVING NUTRITION is a licensed, registered dietitian and nutrition coach who has a private practice in Meadville. She is a licensed provider for Real Living Nutrition Services, nutrition communications consultant and author. Her newest book Calorie Counter Journal for Dummies is available at Tattered Corners and all book outlets. She is also the co-author of The Calorie Counter for Dummies and The Glycemic Index Cookbook for Dummies (Dec 2010). To learn more, visit: