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Diabetes Alert Day - Take the Test

03-27-2017

Diabetes Alert Day – Take the Test

Diabetes is a public health crisis that is reaching global proportions. Whether it’s a family member or a friend, most of us know someone who’s been impacted by diabetes or prediabetes. One in three American adults are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and an estimated 86 million American adults have prediabetes. Without lifestyle changes, people with prediabetes are very likely to progress to type 2 diabetes.

Luckily, prediabetes is reversible, but it’s important to take action and get tested. That’s why Frederick Memorial Hospital is participating in American Diabetes Association Alert Day on March 28. On this day, the American Diabetes Association is asking all Americans to take a type 2 diabetes risk test, and we’re joining them in that call to action. The test takes less than 60 seconds and could make all the difference.

Get Tested

Prediabetes has no clear symptoms, which makes it even more important to get tested. The goal of Diabetes Alert Day is to get as many Americans as possible to take an easy 60-second test to see if they’re at risk. All you have to do is answer a few easy questions about your age, gender, your family history with diabetes, and your physical activity level.

Companies and organizations are encouraged to recommend the test for their employees and members, and share it with friends and family. After taking the test, you can show your participation on social media by sharing photos and/or videos of yourself stepping up and taking action. When posting on Facebook or Twitter, be sure to use the hashtag #DiabetesAlertDay.

Getting tested is important, but so is taking the appropriate steps to make sure that you can prevent or delay prediabetes. Here are a few things you can do to stay healthy.

Get Active!

We often don’t think about the possibility of getting prediabetes until it’s too late. We’re busy, and we don’t always have time to eat healthy or take care of ourselves the way that we should. Many Americans don’t know that they’re in danger of getting the disease, and by the time they get checked they already have it. In fact, 9 out of 10 Americans most at risk for type 2 diabetes don’t know it.

In order to help delay or prevent type 2 diabetes, regular physical activity and eating sensibly are crucial. Being active and getting exercise helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It also strengthens the heart muscles and bones, improves circulation, and reduces stress. So hop on the elliptical, go for a swim, or simply take a walk around the block. All of these activities will help to reduce your chances of developing the disease.

In order to make exercise a regular part of your day, it’s important to take part in an activity that you truly enjoy. Dalis Albaugh, Lead Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist with ProMotion Fitness+, recommends starting with 10-15 minute bouts of activities that you enjoy. If you find something that you enjoy doing for at least a few minutes a day, you’ll find yourself looking forward to it instead of viewing it as something that you have to get through. You’ll build up your endurance and reach a point where you can be physically active for at least 150 minutes a week at moderate intensity. ProMotion Fitness+ is a medically supervised exercise center that provides a safe and supportive environment for individuals that are looking for extra supervision and guidance with their exercise routines. To learn more about ProMotion Fitness+, click here.

Eat Healthy

This can be a struggle. We don’t always have the time or the discipline to eat as healthy as we should. It’s recommended that men limit their carbohydrates to 45-60 grams per meal, while women should try for 30-45 grams per meal. Check food labels so that you’re aware of whether or not you’re exceeding your carbohydrate limit. If you’re wondering what makes a healthy meal, a good place to start is a plate of half vegetables (not including corn, peas, and potatoes) and a quarter of starchy carbohydrate foods (rice, pasta, corn, potatoes). The last remaining quarter of your plate should consist of lean protein. It’s important to eliminate excess sugar from your diet, so stay away from soda, sweet tea, and fruit juice.

One way to stay on top of your daily diet is to track your progress and write down what and how much you eat and drink for a week. You’ll stay aware of your diet, while also making it easy to see what you need to change and how you can reduce your calorie intake.

Tips for Dealing with Diabetes

If you or someone you know is currently living with diabetes, the Center for Diabetes and Nutrition Services offers programs that focus on diabetes prevention as well as diabetes management. Some of these programs include prediabetes boot camps, diabetes support groups, and group diabetes education sessions accredited by the American Diabetes Association. To learn more about the services offered by the Center for Diabetes and Nutrition Services, click here.

Catching prediabetes early could be the difference between reversing the disease and living a healthy life or struggling with a disease that impacts millions each year. On March 28, take the test for your own well-being, as well as for your friends and family who want to see you happy and healthy for years to come. Join us in the fight against diabetes—get tested!



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