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An Important Message About Diabetes

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This is Doctor Adrian Nasser, physician for Kaiser Permanente San Diego, with 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, 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 your diabetes under control. Keep your blood sugar levels well controlled by testing them to be sure they're 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 your 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 at least 30 minutes, five days a week. For more information, visit us at kp.org/sandiego.


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