More than 29 million Americans have diabetes – one in four Americans do not know. 86 million adults have prediabetes, a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but are not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal, and results in serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and lower-extremity amputations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Are you at risk? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the risk factors of developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes include:
- Being overweight or obese
- Having a parent, brother or sister with diabetes
- Being African American, American Indian, Asian American, Pacific Islander or Hispanic American/Latino heritage
- Having a prior history of gestational diabetes or birth of at least one baby weighing more than 9 pounds
- Having high blood pressure measuring 140/90 or higher
- Having abnormal cholesterol with HDL ("good") cholesterol is 35 or lower, or triglyceride level is 250 or higher
- Being physically inactive – exercising fewer than three times a week
You and your loved ones can take simple steps this holiday season to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, including maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.
Striving to be health conscious is difficult during the holiday season. Delicious goodies, wholesome meals and cooling temperatures result in overeating and immobility. Don’t wait until the New Year to create a lifestyle change – make a resolution now to stay healthy through the mounds of sugared gingerbread cookies and extra servings of buttered turkey and ham.
Eating healthy tastes better than it sounds. National Diabetes Month (and the month that brings Thanksgiving) marks the perfect time to incorporate healthy carbohydrates and fiber-rich foods into your and your loved ones’ diet! Make your calories count with these delicious foods:
- Healthy carbohydrates and fiber-rich foods including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and low-fat dairy products
- Heart-healthy fish including salmon, tuna and halibut
- “Good” fats including avocados, almonds, pecans, olive and peanut oil
If your senior parent lives alone and is at risk of developing diabetes, consider contacting Synergy HomeCare Corona/Riverside. Our trained caregivers can help your loved one maintain a healthy diet, from menu planning to grocery shopping to meal preparation. Our caregivers can even help your parent engage in light exercise. Keep your loved ones healthy, happy and diabetes-free this holiday season!
About SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside
Synergy HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside is the name you can trust in Corona, Norco, Riverside, Chino, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar for personal home care. Synergy HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside is part of a national franchise of non-medical home care offices dedicated to providing exceptional and affordable service to anyone of any age. Synergy HomeCare caregivers are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to those in need - including seniors, expectant moms, those suffering from sports injuries and debilitating illnesses, and more. Synergy HomeCare of Corona & Riverside can be found online at /agencies/ca/corona/ca18/. The location also hosts active social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. Ken and Anna can be reached at 951-280-9808 and [email protected] .