November is American Diabetes Month

Diabetes doesn’t discriminate. It can strike anyone and the number of people it directly affects is dramatically increasing. Currently, over 30 million people are living with diabetes in the United States and six million don’t even know they have it. The most common forms of this disease are Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, but there are other types including gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy.

 

Type 2 Diabetes: Warning Signs and Symptoms

Approximately 90 percent of people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes (non-insulin dependent diabetes,) also called adult onset diabetes, since it typically develops after age 35. Symptoms (increased urination, thirst, and hunger; fatigue; blurred vision; and poor wound healing/frequent infections) can range from nonexistent to severe and are often dismissed or overlooked.

 

Type 2 Diabetes: Prevention

An unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle contribute to the development of diabetes. You can reduce your risk of developing diabetes by:

  • being active (move more throughout the day and exercise 30 minutes at least five times per week)
  • creating a healthy meal plan (reduced food portions/fat intake, focus on eating whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, and lean meat)
  • maintaining an ideal body weight (an eating and exercise plan that helps you lose just 5% of your initial body weight can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes from developing)

 

Type 2 Diabetes: Treatment 

Treatment programs for type 2 diabetes also focus on diet, exercise, and weight loss. Some people can control their blood sugar levels through exercise and healthy eating, other people with blood sugar levels that remain high may need medication or insulin to help their body use its own insulin more efficiently. Treatment plans are unique and can change over a person’s lifetime.

 

Partner with Russell Medical to Lose Weight with Weight Loss Therapy

Adhering to a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight are important for everyone, especially those who have diabetes or are pre-diabetic. Partnering with the licensed healthcare professionals at Russell Medical can help you succeed in these areas of your life. We will work with you to create a custom plan specifically suited to your needs (which may include behavior modification, custom meal plans, prescription medications, exercise, and physical training.) If you would like to discuss our diabetes testing, nutrition counseling, weight loss therapy, or any of our other services, please call us at 770–771–5050 today.