November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Are you at risk for diabetes? The good news is that diabetes type 2 is largely preventable if you take the right steps. Here are some ways you can lower your risk starting today:
Improve your diet: Being overweight has a big impact on your diabetes risk. You are what you eat, so focus on improving your diet to keep your weight in check. Track your calories through a food journal, use AvMed’s online recipes and coupons for inspiration in the kitchen, and avoid sugary drinks and snacks are all good ways to get started.
Quit smoking: Smoking increases your risk of developing diabetes. If you smoke, look into resources for quitting – like Tobacco Free Florida – to help you kick the habit. And if you don’t smoke, keep it that way.
Stay active: Exercise not only helps keep the pounds away, but it also lowers your risk of diabetes (and other health issues). You don’t have to go to the gym every day, either: Even a 30-minute walk can help boost your metabolism and your heart health.
Even if you have diabetes, these tips can help you manage it better. If you are diabetic, one thing to watch out for is diabetic eye disease, a common complication of diabetes. Diabetes can significantly increase a person’s risk of vision loss or even blindness. Managing your diabetes and having regular dilated eye exams are two ways you can lower your risk of diabetic eye disease.
Think you’re at risk for diabetes? Fill out a Personal Health Assessment! The Personal Health Assessment (PHA) is an online questionnaire that evaluates several areas of health such as stress levels, nutrition, physical activity, sleep patterns, tobacco usage and overall health. It takes 10-20 minutes to complete, and the questions are intended to help Members understand which areas may need improvement or are considered at risk.
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