Diabetes And It's Dangers

I'm sure you all have an idea of what diabetes is, but are you aware of the deadly consequences of this disease?

Poorly managed diabetes can lead to complication like cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, blindness, poor circulation (which can lead to wounds that do not heal and that may eventually require amputation), and death.

For those without diabetes, it is important to:

-Limit consumption of added sugars, empty calorie beverages (sodas, sweetened coffees, etc. ) and large servings of carbohydrates (pasta, rice, breads, pastries, potatoes, etc.).

- Get blood tests done regularly, including your hemoglobin A1c (a test that measures your average blood sugar over the past 2-3 months and is one indicator of diabetes risk).

For those with diabetes, it is important to:

- Eat a balanced meal with controlled carbohydrate portions.

- Take prescribe medications as needed

- Exercise often, including a brisk walk after your meal (as exercise promotes the use of glucose in

the blood).

Visit the American Diabetes Association's website for more info.

Eat Well, Live Well.

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