Wednesday, November 4, 2015

World Diabetes Day is November 14, 2015. The theme is Living Healthy and Diabetes with a goal to increase education so we can prevent, reduce or manage diabetes.

There are three types of Diabetes.

  • A person with Type 1 diabetes is dependent on having insulin hormone injections to provide what the body cannot produce. Without insulin, blood glucose levels increase which could cause serious organ damage. A healthy lifestyle can help manage type 1 diabetes.
  • A person diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes is faced with high blood pressure and their body produces less insulin. Type 2 diabetes is preventable and caused by our unhealthy and sedentary lifestyles.
  • Some pregnant women may develop gestational diabetes when they are not able to produce enough insulin throughout their pregnancy. While gestational diabetes can go away after pregnancy, these women have higher changes of developing type 2 diabetes later on in life.

Diabetes is major cause of heart disease and stroke. According to the CDC, the risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes. Diabetes is also the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States.

Risk factors

  • Obesity
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Glucose Intolerance

Warning Signs

  • Fatigue
  • Increased thirst
  • Weight Loss
  • Blurred Vision
  • Lack of concentration

Diabetes is not something you can simply outgrow. However through education and making lifestyle changes, you can reduce and manage it better.

What can you do today to change tomorrow? It starts with a healthy overall lifestyle.

  • Choose whole grains and avoid processed foods
  • Avoid sugars
  • Become more active – start out walking and slowly increase your activity and exercise

Norman Regional Health System is ready to help you. We have one of the Oklahoma’s only Diabetes Centers. Pre-diabetes education is so important. For people who have not developed type 2 diabetes but are showing the warning signs, we offer an evidence-based National Diabetes Prevention Program, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Through trained lifestyle coaches, the program will teach you how to change your lifestyle to prevent type 2 diabetes. For more information, please contact NRHS Health and Wellness Center at 405-307-5733.