As we get in gear for another holiday season, take a moment to remember that November is also American Diabetes Month. Nearly 26 million Americans are living with diabetes and about 25 percent of them don’t even know it. In Oklahoma, one in every ten adults is diagnosed with diabetes.
So use this month to become diabetes aware – find out your risk, know the signs and learn how to prevent this disease. You may be at higher risk for diabetes if:
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not make or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is important for converting glucose into energy. Without insulin or proper use of insulin, blood glucose (blood sugar) rises. Signs of this happening include:
The keys to preventing diabetes include getting regular exercise, eating a well balanced diet, and maintaining a healthy weight. For more information on diabetes you can visit www.diabetes.org and to get some great meal planning tips visit www.choosemyplate.gov.
For nutritional counseling, Norman Regional Health System offers the guidance of registered dietitians. Those interested can schedule an appointment for an assessment with a referral from their family physician.