Diabetes is a disease in which blood sugar level, or blood glucose, is too high.
For a person with diabetes, the pancreas either doesn’t make enough insulin or the body is unable to use the insulin it does make. In either case, sugar builds up in the blood. Over time, this may lead to heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke, blindness and more.
But can you delay, or even prevent the onset of diabetes? Let’s look first at what the types of diabetes are:
In addition to Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, there is also a condition called prediabetes, in which the blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
Many people do not know they have pre-diabetes. The good news is —prediabetes can be reversed. There are things you can do to delay or even prevent becoming diabetic. The reason is that the three major causes of diabetes are often within our control. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the causes are:
Through a national study called the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), the NIH found that “millions of high-risk people can delay or avoid developing type 2 diabetes by losing weight through regular physical activity and a diet low in fat calories.”
Medicare Can Help
In addition to diet and exercise, your health plan can support you. Medicare covers diabetes screenings tests for those who are at risk. Talk with your doctor if you are overweight, have high blood pressure, have high cholesterol and/or have a family history of diabetes.
Simple Ways to Delay (and maybe prevent) DiabetesOf course, getting more physical activity and eating better are messages that have been recommended for years. So, how do you do it? To start, use your imagination. There are many, many small things you can do that will help. Below are 10 simple ideas. Healthy actions do add up!
Delaying diabetes is the first step to prevention. Along with making lifestyle changes, talk with your doctor about getting your blood sugar tested and be sure that they know about any family history of diabetes.
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