Diabetes Prevention Program
among participants in our Diabetes Self-Management Education program.
increase their physical activity.
Diabetes is a long-lasting health condition in which the body does not make enough insulin or does not properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to turn the foods we eat into energy needed for daily life.
When there isn’t enough insulin or when the body doesn’t react to the insulin the way it should, blood sugar stays in your bloodstream and can cause health problems like heart disease, vision problems, and kidney disease. If you are diagnosed with diabetes we can help!
When blood in your body pushes against the walls of your arteries (the vehicle that carries blood from your heart to other parts of your body) that causes pressure. If that pressure is high, it is called hypertension and your heart must work much harder to get blood through your arteries to the rest of the body.
It’s important to know that there are actions you can take now that will help prevent or manage your high blood pressure.
If your BMI is above 25, you have a greater risk for health problems like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.
People that have high cholesterol are at greater risk for heart disease and stroke. It’s important to get your cholesterol tested and understand what you can do to keep those levels under control.
Losing just 5-10% of your total body weight can produce health benefits like improving blood sugar, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. Small lifestyle changes like, adding physical activity and monitoring portion sizes of the foods you eat, can get you started on the path to reaching your weight loss goals.
Other risk factors include lack of physical activity, smoking and secondhand smoke, and not following a healthy diet. Managing these risk factors and taking small steps to improve your lifestyle can reduce your risks of experiencing a stroke or heart attack.
Using MyPlate can help you understand what a portion size of the foods you eat are. Learning how eating a variety of foods can help reduce the risks of some diseases. Understanding how to shop for healthier foods and being able to order a healthier meal while dining out are all part of good nutrition.
as well as virtual programming that can be accessed from anywhere in the world.
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