Diabetes is a disease that affects people of all ages, of all religions, and of all creeds. November is American Diabetes Month and it is a time to raise awareness of diabetes, and promote it’s prevention. In the United States along, 24 million people are living with diabetes and 57 million more are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
Over time, if it’s not controlled Type 2 diabetes can wreak havoc on the body and cause serious problems such as stroke, blindness, and heart disease. Are you at risk? Check out all of our resources this month to see how you can reduce your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes, and if you have it, how you can better control it! Are you at risk?
If you fall under these categories, you may be at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Contact your health care provider if you find yourself with multiple risk factors, so that a preventative treatment plan may be put into place! • Are overweight
• Exercise LESS THAN 3 times a week
• Are 45 years or older
• Have high blood pressure (hypertension) or high cholesterol
• Are African-American, Latino, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian-American, or Pacific Islander
• Have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes
Tips to help lower your chances of having diabetes:
• Eating healthy
• Watching your weight
• Being active
• Controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol
but NOTHING beats talking to your health care provider about it!
Take action to increase awareness of your Type IIDiabetes
1. Partner with your local gym or YMCA center to host a Diabetes Prevention Party focused on healthy eating habits and exercise. Give away free one-day gym passes, fitness classes, or work-out gear. Ask the fitness staff to host free demonstrations or fitness classes.
2. Partner with local churches that have a health ministry. Make a presentation on type 2 diabetes prevention at their next health event.
3. Host a cooking demonstration with diabetes-friendly recipes from a local nutritionist. Include healthy Thanksgiving recipes in your next newsletter or company email along with quick tips on how to prevent type 2 diabetes.
4. Post tips on type 2 diabetes prevention on your employee bulletin board during the month of November.
5. Encourage your members to get active. Invite local gyms to showcase their fitness classes and programs.