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OCHD Tip of the Month
America is facing an epidemic of diabetes, a serious disease that damages the body and shortens lives. In the next four decades, the number of U.S. adults with diabetes is estimated to double or triple, according to CDC scientists. That means anywhere from 20 to 33 percent of adults could have the disease. About 1 in 10 American adults have diabetes now.
Risk Factors for Diabetes Include People Who:
- Are overweight
- Are age 45 or older
- Developed diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes)
- Have a parent, brother or sister with type 2 diabetes
- Are not physically active
Ways to Control Diabetes if You Already Have it:
- Talk to your health care provider about how to manage your blood glucose (A1C), blood pressure, and cholesterol.
- Get a flu vaccine. For those with diabetes, it is important to ask for the "shot" version. Talk to your health care provider about a pneumonia (pneumococcal) shot. People with diabetes are more likely to die from pneumonia or influenza than people who do not have diabetes.
- Reach or stay at a healthy weight.
- Make sure you're physically active.
Ways You Can Help Avoid Diabetes:
People at high risk for type 2 diabetes can prevent or delay it by losing 5 to 7 percent of their body weight, or about 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person. You can do that by eating healthier and being physically active for 30 minutes, five days a week.