Living in the Midwest is fabulous! We have four distinct seasons to enjoy, fresh air, potlucks and we are surrounded by “Midwest nice.”
Food is at the heart of most of our social activities. The aspects we love about where we live may also have a downside. Winters are long and cause us to spend most of our days indoors; the food we tend to choose to share with others is not necessarily on the healthy list. These factors can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle that can contribute to multiple health conditions. One of those conditions is type 2 diabetes.
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Diabetes is a disease in which the body doesn’t produce or properly use insulin. In 2012, 10.6 percent of South Dakota residents were noted to have a diagnosis of diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 86 million adults in the United States – that’s more than one in three – have prediabetes. This means your blood sugar (glucose) levels are higher than normal—but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Did you know that, of these 86 million people with prediabetes, 90 percent do not know it?
How can you take charge of your health and prevent or resolve prediabetes?
- Get established with a primary care provider and have yearly office visits. This is very important not only in regard to prediabetes, but your overall health. Your doctor will keep a close eye on your blood sugar levels through routine labwork and monitoring to ensure that your prediabetes doesn’t advance to type 2 diabetes.
- Choose healthier food options on a regular basis. Meal planning is a helpful way to ensure that you have a healthy food choice on hand to steer you away from cravings. Steer clear of over-processed and sugary foods. Fill your shopping cart with whole grains, lean meats, fruits and vegetables.
- Get active! Exercise regularly. Schedule in at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week, for physical activity.
So, could you have prediabetes? Take this quiz to find out your risks for diabetes.
Talk with your provider about your risk for prediabetes. Make an appointment today for a wellness visit and to have your blood glucose level checked.