Busy Moms Can Get Sick Too – Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes
Diabetes is a serious and complicated issue. There are many types, there are many things that can be done to control and manage it, but what if you could prevent it to begin with? Fortunately, if you are proactive, you can potentially determine if you have pre-diabetes. Having prediabetes means your blood glucose is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
Let’s face it – we have all been that person, the one who says “it’s okay, I am fine. I will make that doctors appointment tomorrow. There is just too much to do today.” There are millions of reasons why we don’t take time to make healthy lifestyle choices. Kids, jobs, cat videos on the Internet – we’re all busy.
But let me ask you this – when it comes to the health of your child, your parent, or another loved one, do you still procrastinate? Whatever the reason, there’s no excuse for not taking care of ourselves just like we make the time to take care of others.
More than one in three American adults have prediabetes and are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Astonishingly, nearly 90 percent of people with prediabetes don't even know they have it. The first step to reversing the condition is evaluating one's personal risk so that they can take action as soon as possible.
Take just a FEW minutes, right now – yes, right now – and take this Q&A to see if you are at risk for prediabetes. Why? Because prediabetes often can be reversed through weight loss, diet changes and increased physical activity. Diagnosis is key: research shows that once people are aware of their condition, they are much more likely to make the necessary lifestyle changes. Education and awareness could mean the difference in so many lives. So what are you waiting for?
Now that you have taken that and gotten it over with, what’s next? Get up, get off the computer or the phone (unless you're using one of these fitness apps) and get your body moving!
- Helps keep your blood glucose, blood pressure, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides on target
- Lowers your risk for pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke
- Relieves stress
- Strengthens your heart, muscles and bones
- Improves your blood circulation and tones your muscles
- Keeps your body and your joints flexible
Even if you've never exercised before, you can find ways to add physical activity to your day. You'll get benefits, even if your activities aren't strenuous. Once physical activity is a part of your routine, you'll wonder how you did without it.
March 28th is Diabetes Alert Day. We need to communicate a sense of urgency – it’s time to take action! Spread the word – tell your friends, loved ones and co-workers they could be at risk!