Dr. Adrienne Nassar, a physician for Kaiser Permanente San Diego has an important message about diabetes.
Currently, more than 21 million people in the United States have diabetes. Without care, diabetes can lead to complications that include kidney failure, eye problems, nerve damage, heart disease and high blood pressure, stroke, and more.
The good news: although diabetes is a lifelong condition, by taking action you can live a healthy life. Whether you’re newly diagnosed or have been living with it for some time, these steps are key to keeping diabetes under control:
- Keep your blood sugar levels well controlled by testing it to be sure it is in the target range set by you and your doctor and take any medications as prescribed by your doctor.
- Eat a healthy diet. The right nutrition is key to preventing, delaying, or better managing diabetes.
- Aim for a healthy weight. If you're overweight, losing as little as 7 to 15 pounds can make a big difference in your health.
- Stay or become more physically active. Try walking for 30 minutes at least 5 days a week.
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