The prevalence of diabetes is increasing in America. 26 million people have the disease. It's believed another 79 million people have it, and don't yet know it. November is American Diabetes Month, and that's this week's Eye on Health with Carla Burbidge.
What's the best defense against diabetes? Exercise, and eating right. It's also a good way to control the disease, if you have been diagnosed with it. Type one diabetes is an autoimmune disease, but type two can strike anyone at any age. Risk factors include: family history, lifestyle, and if there is past history of gestational diabetes.
Michelle Hoppman Certified Diabetes Educator "if you are eating and getting 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week, you can't get rid of diabetes but you can manage it"
It is always best to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to your health. Here at the YMCA, the woman who heads up the fitness classes, says her father had diabetes and died young, and she had diabetes while pregnant, two big reasons that keep her focused on a healthy lifestyle. And she says if you need to change your habits, do it now, don't wait.
Andrea Ladner, Minot YMCA, "Only 10-percent of people stick to New Years Resolutions, and most are fitness related, get into a routine now and add variety and then plan to take time to rest too"
Since many Americans are sedentary, diabetes is on the increase. Your encouraged to check with your doctor, especially if you have the risk factors, and then with medical direction develop a healthily plan that is right for you.
for Eye on Health I'm Carla