Monday, Nov. 14 is World Diabetes Day. The theme this year is “Eyes on Diabetes.” The International Diabetes Federation is focusing on the importance of early diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes to reduce the risk of serious complications, such as vision problems like blindness. The American Diabetes Association describes Type 2 diabetes as a problem that causes blood sugar (glucose) levels to be higher than normal.
In order to prevent or maintain a healthy lifestyle with type 2 diabetes, one must engage in active living and healthy eating. The International Diabetes Federation states: “Access to affordable healthy food is essential to reducing the global burden of diabetes and ensuring global sustainable development.” The Creating Healthy Communities Coalition is working to ensure access to fresh, locally grown produce for all Meigs County residents. The Coalition has implemented school and community gardens, a farmers’ market and will continue to educate on the benefits of a well-balanced diet.
If you have an immediate family member that has been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, have been diagnosed with high blood pressure yourself, are physically inactive, or are a woman that has previously been diagnosed with gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) I encourage you to get screened by your primary care physician for prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes. Through a proper diet, exercise and monitoring, one can maintain an excellent quality of life while living with Type 2 Diabetes.
For more information about National Diabetes Day or Type 2 diabetes you can access the International Diabetes Federation at www.idf.org. To get involved in the fight to prevent Type 2 Diabetes and promote a healthy lifestyle contact Laura Cleland at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (740) 992-6626 Ext 1031.
Diabetes can be a very complex disease. The information in this article is intended to be informative and should in no way replace the advice of your primary care physician’s or other medical specialists. If you are living with Type 2 Diabetes and would like more specific advice about a proper diet, it is encouraged that you talk to your physician about speaking with a Registered and Licensed Dietician.
Laura Cleland is a Health Educator with the Meigs County Health Department.