Preventing Diabetes & Diabetic Problems
New cases of diagnosed diabetes have risen by over 90 percent in the last 10 years, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
"This dramatic increase in the number of people with diabetes highlights the increasing burden of diabetes across the country," Karen Kirtland, Ph.D., lead author and data analyst with CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation said. "This study demonstrates that we must continue to promote effective diabetes prevention efforts that include lifestyle interventions for people at risk for diabetes. Changes such as weight loss combined with moderate physical activity are important steps that individuals can take to reduce their risk for developing diabetes."
Diabetes problems occur when too much glucose is in the blood for too long. The increase in blood sugar can damage various organs in the body, including the eyes, legs, blood vessels, heart and kidneys. However, there are a number of things you can do to slow down or prevent diabetic problems.
Simply take good care of yourself in order to avoid long-term problems with diabetes. Eat a balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight, get 30 to 60 minutes of exercise each day, stop smoking, and take all prescribed medications. Additionally, you should check your feet daily for sores or swelling, take care of your teeth and gums, and report any vision changes to your doctor.