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Diabetes Prevention

Diabetic patient doing glucose level blood testHalf of all Americans age 65 or older have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

One out of every three Medicare dollars is spent on diabetes. However, it is known how to prevent and/or delay type 2 diabetes so these trends do not continue.

Diabetes prevention is as basic as eating healthy foods, becoming physically active and losing a few extra pounds – it’s never too late to start! Making changes now can help you avoid the serious health complications of diabetes down the road, such as nerve, kidney and heart damage.

There are many benefits to regular physical activity. Exercise helps with weight loss, lower blood sugar and boost sensitivity to insulin to keep blood sugar within a normal range. Aging joints can make it more painful to exercise, but being sedentary will only make it worse. A great benefit comes from both aerobic exercise and resistance training.

Try swim classes, or join a “mall walking” team to make exercise a regular part of your routine. Or exercise at home while watching TV, walking long hallways or walkways around your home.

If you are overweight, every pound lost can improve health, and it’s surprising how much. Lose about 7 percent of your body weight and you reduce the risk of diabetes by 60 percent.
Eating healthy can be as simple as filling half of your plate with fruits and vegetables, a quarter with lean protein, and a quarter with whole grain. Reducing portion size can help too.

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