Millions of people in the U.S. have diabetes or prediabetes. Diabetes is
a serious disease that may result in disabling or life-threatening complications
requiring emergency care. If you already have diabetes, the Diabetes &
Nutrition Educator at
Twin Cities Hospital can help you learn how to manage your condition properly. Even if you
do not have diabetes, leading an overall healthy lifestyle is a wise decision
that can reduce your risk of developing this disease and many other chronic
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Type 2 diabetes is characterized by insulin resistance, which means the
body is unable to use this crucial hormone properly. Insulin is responsible
for regulating blood sugar levels by escorting blood sugar into the cells
to be used for energy. If you’re overweight or obese, your cells
become less responsive to the effects of insulin, which results in high
blood sugar levels and can eventually lead to diabetes. Maintaining a
healthy weight, or losing weight if need be, can reduce your risk of insulin
Increase Your Fiber Intake
Making dietary changes is another way to prevent diabetes. You might consider
talking to the Diabetes & Nutrition Educator at Twin Cities Hospital
about healthy meal planning. She may recommend you increase your intake
of fiber by choosing whole fruits, rather than fruit juice, and whole
grains, rather than refined grain products such as white bread. Try to
add vegetables to every meal. You could add spinach and mushrooms to an
omelet for breakfast, for example, and choose a whole grain wrap stuffed
with vegetables and low-sodium salsa for lunch.
Start an Exercise Program
Like weight loss, regular exercise can reduce your risk of developing insulin
resistance. If you’re already developing insulin resistance, starting
an exercise program can improve the insulin sensitivity of your cells.
Exercise can also help prevent diabetes by contributing to a healthy weight.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a medical condition such as heart
disease or asthma, it’s a good idea to talk to your physician before
beginning an exercise routine.
At Twin Cities Hospital, you’ll find qualified, caring professionals
who can help you take charge of your wellness. Our hospital provides 24-hour
emergency services, surgical services, and a variety of inpatient and
outpatient services in Niceville. To speak to a Registered Nurse about
your health related questions, call our FREE physician and healthcare
referral line, Consult-A-Nurse, at 850-729-9468.