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American Diabetes Month

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how the body processes glucose. It affects millions of Americans each year. There are three major types of diabetes

  1. Type 1: Generally, begins before adulthood. It is when a person’s immune system destroys insulin-producing cells in the body.
  2. Type 2: This appears in middle-aged adults, and it occurs when the body can no longer use insulin to regulate blood sugar.
  3. Gestational Diabetes: Occurs during pregnancy, and it is similar to Type 2 diabetes. It will usually go away on its own after pregnancy.

Almost 95% of diabetes cases in the US are Type 2, followed by Type 1. Some ways to help manage your diabetes include:

  1. Physical activity– Take a brisk 15-minute walk to keep your body moving.
  2. Increase your intake of healthy foods Make health-conscious decisions for meals, such as swapping your chips for veggies and sodas for water.
  3. Lose weight– Manage your food intake and activity levels with our Food & Activity log. It can help you create a healthy and consistent schedule/meal plan.
  4. Find support- Find a group of people to support you and motivate you to keep going.

Sources: NIH, ADA

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