November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Did you know that every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes? And each year, diabetes kills more people than breast cancer and AIDS combined? Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050, unless we take steps to prevent it.

You can prevent diabetes by:

  • Making a healthy lifestyle plan that includes losing a small amount of weight if you are overweight – 5-7% (10-14 pounds for a 200-pound person).
  • Making healthy food choices (fruits, veggies, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, etc.) and drinking more water.
  • Reducing portion sizes. Portion sizes have doubled in the last few decades.
  • Being more active. 30 minutes, five days per week is ideal, but any amount will help.
  • Setting small goals for yourself. Be realistic with your expectations. Identify potential barriers to change and problem-solve around them.
  • Knowing your family history. If you have a mother, father, sister or brother who has diabetes, be aware that your risk increases.

The Meriter Diabetes Care Team can assist you in the management or prevention of diabetes. Contact Meriter West Washington at 417.8300 or visit meriter.com/diabetes.

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