World Diabetes Day! November 14 is recognized as the broadest national diabetes awareness month and we celebrate globally to raise awareness about both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. As part of National Diabetes Awareness Month, we focus on education and advocacy, one of the fastest growing global epidemic in the world - type 2 diabetes. It is important to distinguish between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Both types of diabetes are chronic diseases that regularly affect the body's glucose or blood sugar. There are also differences. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body break down sugars in your body. People with type 1 diabetes do not produce insulin at all, which is usually noticed earlier in life, while people with type two diabetes don’t respond to the insulin that their bodies are producing. Insulin numbness usually develops later in life, and this is the kind of reference that is made when we talk about the possibility of preventing diabetes in the current epidemic.

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes. Millions more are predisposed to living with diabetes, which increases their risk of developing type 2 diabetes due to increased insulin sensitivity, poor glucose tolerance, and high blood sugar levels. The study found that one in three people with professional diabetes would be diagnosed with diabetes by 2050 if lifestyle changes were not made. This is because of the extreme risk that World Diabetes Day aims to raise awareness of the causes of type 2 diabetes and the changes that can reduce the risk of developing the disease. The most effective way to prevent type 2 diabetes is to lead a healthy lifestyle. To show you how to do this, we've put together a list of easy tips to help you live a healthier life in your daily life.

Consult doctor regularly

Maintaining annual or bi-annual appointments with a general practitioner is very important to know the overall health of your body, especially according to your age. During these visits, be as honest and open as possible so that your doctor can set a baseline for keeping track of future changes to your day-to-day health. Your practitioner can help you identify areas where you can improve your health or areas of concern. Tell your doctor about your family health history, including diabetes or pre-diabetes diagnosis. So that they are well aware of your disease because the chances of getting the disease are affected by genetics. In addition to seeing a doctor and being honest about your basic health, it is important to make yourself aware of the symptoms of urinary tract disease and to pay attention to their possible presence in your body. The most common symptoms include frequent urination, feeling very thirsty or hungry after you have eaten, extreme fatigue, fainting, fading, healing of wounds and bruises that never heal, and hand, Pain or numbness in the legs. If you experience any of these symptoms with any frequency, make an appointment with your doctor and ask them to have a blood sugar test. As with most diseases, early detection is key, so it's a good idea to bring these symptoms to your doctor's attention as soon as possible.

Eat well

As diabetes develops, such as increased poor glucose tolerance, paying attention to and maintaining what nutrients you have in your body is key to staying healthy. Eating well will help you lose weight, which has been shown to reduce your risk of diabetes and pre-diabetes. To lose weight or maintain a healthy body weight, eat a variety of nutritious foods every day - including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, non-fat milk, healthy fats, and lean protein. This can help you understand what nutrients are in what you are eating, better understand what changes your weight and lifestyle can have, and how much you eat. And what are the effects of these nutrients on your body.

Move your body

Along with eating well, another key to maintaining a healthy body weight is to keep your body moving. Regular exercise and small changes to your daily routine can make a big difference in weight loss. As a general rule, to increase your insulin sensitivity, try to maintain a regular workout schedule of at least 150 minutes of moderate to intense activity each week. These activities can include brisk walking, gardening, swimming, dancing, cycling, kickboxing, resistance and strength training or other classes of your choice!

Aside from regular exercise, staying active throughout the day is also important for overall health. Especially if you work at a desk or sit for long periods of time every day, set up reminders for standing, stretching or walking in an hour to break up sitting activities. Walking for two minutes every hour adds up as the week goes on and will decrease the total amount of fat tissue in the body and help you lose weight, thus requiring less insulin to keep your blood sugar levels under control and ultimately lowering your chance of developing diabetes in the future. 

In honor of World Diabetes Day, take the time to visit your doctor to check your blood sugar levels and re-trust the way you live your life. Follow the above tips to get in tune with your body, eat whole foods and keep your body moving. Know your risks and protect yourself from diabetes. After all, the stakes are high and knowledge is power.

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