Vitaminfix Celebrates National Diabetes Month!
Diabetes affects nearly 26 million people in the United States, while 79 million Americans suffer from prediabetes (a condition that increases type 2 diabetes risk).
November is National Diabetes Month and if you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from this condition or are concerned about your risk, here are a few things you can do.
This disease is caused by an underproduction or improper use of insulin in the body. This important hormone is used to convert food into energy needed for overall health and proper function of all body systems. The cause of this disease is still being researched but it has been shown that a combination of genetics and environment are factors. There are two types of diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2) but Type 2 affects 95% of all people diagnosed cases.
Symptoms often go undiagnosed, but early detection can significantly reduce your risk of experiencing complications including an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, nervous system disease, and other health conditions.
Assess Your Diabetes Risk
If someone in your family as had diabetes, you may have a higher of developing type 2 diabetes. Take this simple Type 2 Diabetes risk test to find out if you are at an increased risk. Only your doctor can tell you if you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, but this can help you find out if you need to speak with your doctor for additional testing.
|How old are you? Less than 40 years (0 points)40—49 years (1 point)50—59 years (2 points)60 years or older (3 points)|
|Are you a man or a woman? Man (1 point) Woman (0 points)|
|If you are a woman, have you ever been diagnosed with gestational diabetes? Yes (1 point) No (0 points)|
|Do you have a mother, father, sister, or brother with diabetes? Yes (1 point) No (0 points)|
|Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure? Yes (1 point) No (0 points)|
|Are you physically active? Yes (0 points) No (1 point)|
If you scored a 5 or above, you may have a higher risk for developing diabetes, or already having it. But you can manage your risk by taking a few steps towards a healthier lifestyle. Visit www.diabetes.org for more information, and see your doctor if you feel additional testing is needed.
If you are concerned about your risk of developing diabetes, there are a few simple changes you can make to your daily lifestyle to reduce your risk. By maintaining a healthy diet that includes whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes along with regular exercise you can stay healthier, for longer. By managing other health factors like your weight, smoking, physical activity, blood glucose levels, and cholesterol you can also help reduce your risk. And of coarse, if you are smoking try to stop.
Support Community Outreach Efforts
The Walk to Stop Diabetes takes place in 125 cities Nationwide and includes over 100,000 walkers who have been touched by this disease. If you can’t do the walk yourself, you can make a small donation and discover the impact you can make.
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