4 Easy Ways to Combat Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month, an observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of the disease affecting over 30 million children and adults in the US.

“Diabetes is one of the biggest cost of disabilities in the U.S. It’s the number one cause of blindness, kidney disease, strokes and heart disease. All of these are made worse by diabetes,” said Dr. Thomas Self, a family medicine physician.

Insufficient Insulin

The body gets glucose, or sugar, from the foods we eat and allows the insulin in our bodies to store it for energy. When you have diabetes, your body either can’t make enough insulin or can’t effectively use its own insulin to get the glucose from our food into our cells. For type 1 diabetics, sugar starts to build up in the blood or in the case of type 2 diabetes, the body cannot make enough insulin to regulate sugar levels.

Feast on Fiber

Eating foods full of fiber like oatmeal, brown rice, fruits and vegetables has been shown to improve blood sugar by slowing the release of sugar into your blood stream. Studies have revealed eating two to three servings of fiber a day helps lower the risk of heart attacks and heart disease.

Move Those Feet

Physical activity has been shown to help you lower blood sugar. Exercise helps boost sensitivity to insulin, which helps keep blood sugar within a normal range.

Subtle Symptoms

One in four Americans have diabetes and do not know it. The symptoms of diabetes are often subtle. If you notice extreme thirst, hunger and fatigue and excessive urination ask your doctor about your risk of developing diabetes.  

“Although you cannot completely prevent diabetes, healthy habits and early detection are key to keeping you in optimal health,” said Dr. Ahed Mansoura, endocrinologist at Harbin Clinic. “The key to lowering your risk of diabetes is to stay active, practice healthy eating habits and maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

Harbin Clinic cares completely about your total health and wellness. Our Core 4 assessments, including a blood sugar test, aim to give you a look at your overall health and wellness. Make an appointment to learn your Core 4 numbers by calling 888.427.2461.