November is Diabetes Month
November is American Diabetes Month, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to celebrate. Diabetes is the fastest-growing chronic disease in the world, and it is the most expensive chronic disease in the U.S. Over 37 million Americans have diabetes, and one in five people don’t even know they have it. It is an excellent time for more education on diabetes!
With early detection and awareness, those with prediabetes can take steps to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Small lifestyle changes can have a significant impact over time on those with prediabetes as well as those with type 2 diabetes.
Let’s look at some tips to get started on the road to a healthier lifestyle from the National Institutes of Health:
- Manage your ABCs—A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol.
- Take small steps toward healthy habits—planning healthy meals, being physically active, getting enough sleep, and not smoking may help you manage your diabetes ABCs. You don’t have to do it all at once. Start slow and build healthier habits from there.
- Take your medicines on time—remember to take your medications even if you feel okay.
- Work on a healthy weight—if you are overweight, try adding healthier options to your meals and get moving by adding some activity.
- Take care of your mental health—dealing with a chronic condition such as diabetes can be challenging. If you feel down, sad, or overwhelmed, learn healthy ways to cope with stress. Consider taking advantage of our Employee Assistance program to connect you or a family member with local resources at no cost.
- Work with your healthcare provider(s)—managing diabetes is a team effort. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about your condition and needs. Mohawk health plan members can access dieticians, diabetes specialists, and health coaches at no cost.
For more information, please visit the National Institutes of Health's webpage on Diabetes month.