PELLA, Iowa— November is Diabetes Month, a time to communicate the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and management.
According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. One in 10 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 30 million people. Another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Pella Regional wants to remind the public that there are ways to prevent type 2 diabetes.
Depending on your age, weight, and other factors, you may be at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. “Anyone with a family member with diabetes has a greater risk of developing diabetes, especially if they have any of the following risk factors,” said Debbie Guild, RD, LD, CDE, Diabetes Dietitian at Pella Regional.
· Are age 45 or older
· Are Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander
· Are overweight
· Are physically inactive
· Have high blood pressure or take medicine for high blood pressure
· Have low HDL cholesterol and/or high triglycerides
· Had diabetes during pregnancy
· Have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
The good news is that making healthy changes can greatly lower your risk.
Watch your weight
Get more physical activity
Drink water as your primary beverage
Control your blood pressure
Limit alcohol intake
Visit your health care provider for regular check-ups
“Good nutrition can delay or prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. Once you get diabetes, a good balanced diet can assist with good blood sugar control, which leads to fewer complications,” said Guild.
If you have concerns or questions on diabetes, please contact your primary care provider.
Pella Regional Health Center is a not-for-profit provider of health care that is accredited by The Joint Commission. Its mission is to provide healthcare and healing services with Christian compassion. Information on Pella Regional Health Center and its clinics is available by calling Public Relations at 641-621-2362 or visiting the website, www.pellahealth.org.