National Diabetes Month: Here’s help finding out if you have it & how to manage it

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Diabetes is a huge health problem for so many here in Idaho: Nearly 600,000 Idaho adults have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The American Diabetes Association reports that around 8 million Americans have diabetes and many don’t know it. November is Diabetes Awareness Month, so it’s a good time to learn what you can do to prevent the disease or get help managing it. Continue reading

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Managing your diet during the holidays? We’ve got some tips for you.

The holidays are tough for anyone who tries to eat a healthy diet, but it’s an especially difficult time for families living with diabetes. Tempting holiday treats show up at work, at school, and at home, as well as at parties. We also seem to eat out much more often at this time of year. But if you plan ahead, it’s possible to stick to your eating plan during holiday gatherings with family and friends.

How many Idahoans are dealing with diabetes?

7.6 percent of adults in Idaho had a diagnosis of diabetes in 2014, which is actually down from 2013, when 8.4 percent had received a diabetes diagnosis. So that’s great news! But it’s still the 6th overall leading cause of death in our state.

So if you’re going to a holiday party, are there some strategies you can use beforehand to stay on track?

These tips work well for everyone who is watching what they eat, including people who do not have diabetes. Before a party, plan ahead by checking with the host to see what food will be served. Eat a healthy snack before you go so you don’t overeat while you’re there. You can also make a nutritious dish to take so you know there will be at least one that will be relatively healthy. And throughout the holiday season, drink plenty of water and stick to your daily exercise plan. Even though you’re busy with holiday festivities and preparations, you should aim for about 2.5 hours of physical activity a week.  Continue reading

Happy Diabetes Awareness Month! Now go get tested.

Diabetes is a huge health problem for so many: Nearly 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). And around 8 million people have diabetes but don’t know it. In Idaho, nearly 8 percent of people have been diagnosed with the disease and about 6 percent have prediabetes. That’s more than 200,000 Idahoans.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, so it’s a good time to learn what you can do to prevent the disease or to get help managing it. Although some people do not experience any symptoms of diabetes, the most common include having to urinate often, feeling very hungry and thirsty, extreme fatigue, blurry vision, and cuts and bruises that don’t heal normally. Continue reading