The American Diabetes Association (ADA) launches a campaign each November
to raise awareness, management, and prevention of diabetes.
In the United States, it is currently estimated that 29.1 million people
have diabetes. If you are African American, Hispanic/Latino American,
Alaskan or Native American, or Pacific Islander, your likelihood of having
diabetes is double that of Caucasian Americans.
For people with poorly managed diabetes, the consequences can be serious.
The risk of being hospitalized for a heart attack or stroke is nearly
double than those without diabetes. The good news is that maintaining
a healthy lifestyle can help improve diabetes for those who have it, and
lower the risk of getting diabetes for those don’t. This means:
Getting regular physical activity – 150 minutes of moderate-intensity
aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week
and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week
- Eating healthy – high fiber, heart-healthy fats in limited amounts,
limited/no refined sugars and processed foods
- Minimizing stress
- Quitting smoking
- Practicing routine preventive self-care – visit your primary care
provider at least once a year, see the eye doctor annually and the dentist
every six months, and have bloodwork done routinely
The ADA encourages Americans to live a more active lifestyle. Through social
media and an interactive web page the Association shares healthy cooking
tips, diabetes and nutrition facts, and recipes. Visit
www.diabetesforecast.org/adm for weekly ideas on staying healthy throughout the holiday season.
For additional information about diabetes and for local diabetes education, contact
The AGH Outpatient Diabetes Education Program. We offer an education program that has been recognized by the ADA for
quality self-management education, and hold two support groups monthly,
one in Berlin and one in Ocean Pines. Please call us at 410-641-9703 for details.