You’re in Charge, Not Your Diabetes
November Is National Diabetes Awareness Month
Chronic diseases like diabetes can leave people feeling helpless, but the truth of the matter is that it may be simpler than you think to stay in control. Whether you’ve been diagnosed or are at risk and need to focus on prevention, it’s never too late to make just a few key changes that will improve the quality of your life.
At AltaMed, diabetes awareness is always top of mind, which is why we host Diabetes Group Visits (DGV) at more than 10 of our Los Angeles and Orange County clinics. This chronic disease management program brings together patients once a month for two hours to provide vital counseling, education, medical exams and nutrition guidance. Sessions are available whether you’re insured or not, and are led by physicians, health educators and pharmacists—all to help you manage your diabetes effectively and efficiently.
Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important to stay informed, especially if there’s a history of the disease in your family and you’re more than 45 years of age or overweight.
Here are three easy ways to prevent the onset of diabetes as well as improve self-management for those already living with the condition.
1.) Physical Activity: Lowers blood sugar, boosts sensitivity to insulin, increases energy levels and relieves stress. This can be as easy as a 30-minute brisk walk five days a week, taking the stairs instead of an elevator or working in your garden.
2.) Healthy Nutrition: Eating more fiber and whole grains can maintain and lower blood glucose. Avoid fad diets and instead focus on variety and portion control. Think less salt, more colorful fruits and vegetables, plenty of water and leans meats or fish.
3.) Weight Loss: Losing 5-7 percent of your total body weight can reduce your risk by almost 60 percent. Even just 10-15 pounds will make a big difference by improving blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol.
We know living with a chronic disease can feel overwhelming, which is why we encourage you to come to a DGV to not only gain self-management tools in a private and semi-private setting, but also to meet others who understand what you’re going through. If you’re interested, don’t hesitate—call us today at 323-558-7606.