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November is National Diabetes Month - #htt by West Park Hospital

*(Cody, Wyo.)* - *Here is your Health Tip Tuesday* - November is National Diabetes Month, so take charge of your type 1 or type 2 diabetes for a longer, healthier life. Preventive care for people with diabetes—and for the risk factors that cause related health problems—has improved significantly over the past 20 years, and people are living longer and better with the disease. But living longer can mean having other health problems longer, too. Good management over a lifetime is the key, starting with the day you're told you have diabetes. *Get in the Know-* There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant). With type 1 diabetes, your body can't make insulin, so you need to take insulin every day. More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, but 1 out of 4 don’t know they have it. Most people with diabetes—9 out of 10—have type 2 diabetes. With type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t use insulin well and is unable to keep blood sugar at normal levels. *Risk factors include* • Being overweight. • Being 45 years or older. • Having a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes. • Being physically active less than 3 times a week. • Ever having gestational diabetes or giving birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds. *Been Diagnosed with Diabetes. Now What?*- It's a balancing act—food, activity, medicine, and blood sugar levels—but one you can master. Manage your diabetes throughout the day by • Following a healthy eating plan, including eating more fruits and vegetables and less sugar and salt. • Getting physically active—10 to 20 minutes a day is better than only an hour once a week. • Taking diabetes medicine as prescribed by your doctor. • Testing your blood sugar regularly to understand and track how food, activity, and medicine affect your blood sugar levels. *Know Your ABCs-* Work with your doctor to manage your diabetes ABCs, and keep a record[471 KB] of your numbers. Results will help determine if your treatment plan is working and you're able to stay in your target range. • A—the A1C test, which measures average blood sugar over 2 to 3 months. • B—blood pressure, the force of blood flow inside blood vessels. • C—cholesterol, a group of blood fats that affect the risk of heart attack or stroke. • s—stop smoking or don't start. *Prevent Complications-* People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are at higher risk for serious health complications, including • Heart disease and stroke: People with diabetes are twice as likely to have heart disease or a stroke as people without diabetes, and at an earlier age. • Blindness and eye problems: Diabetic retinopathy (damage to blood vessels in the retina), cataract (clouding of the lens), and glaucoma (increase in fluid pressure in the eye) can all result in vision loss. • Kidney disease: High blood sugar levels can damage the kidneys over time, long before you start to feel bad. • Amputations: This means you could lose a foot or leg. Diabetes causes damage to blood vessels and nerves, particularly in the feet, and can lead to serious, hard-to-treat infections. Amputation may be necessary to keep the infection from spreading. But good blood sugar control can help you avoid or delay these serious health complications, and treating complications as soon as possible can help prevent them from getting worse. For more information on diabetes, click here . *Thank you for the tips West Park Hosptial!* #reboot #news #htt #health