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Sitting Too Much May Be Killing You

By Res-Q editor July 28, 2016 No comments

You’ve likely heard the expression, “Sitting is the new smoking.” Although some studies indicate this may not be entirely true, researchers remain united on the fact that too much sitting is definitely bad – and not just for your saddlebags. Studies have time and again concluded that prolonged sitting increases the risk of developing several serious illnesses, ranging from osteoporosis to cancer to heart disease to type 2 diabetes.

So, what is it about sitting that’s so detrimental to your health? Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening inside your body every time you take a seat and settle in to stay – whether you’re parking it on your office chair or your comfy couch.

Learn About Preventing Diabetes

By U.S. Department of Health and Human Services June 4, 2014 No comments

The Basics


You can do a lot to prevent or delay getting type 2 diabetes (“dy-ah-BEE-teez”), including:

  • Watching your weight
  • Eating healthy
  • Staying active

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. If it’s not controlled, diabetes can cause serious health problems.

The good news is that the small steps you take to prevent diabetes can lead to big rewards. Make a plan to prevent type 2 diabetes.

What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease. People with diabetes have too much glucose (sugar) in their blood. Over time, if it’s not controlled, diabetes can lead to:

  • Blindness
  • Nerve damage
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke

To learn more about how diabetes affects the body, visit:

Diabetes can’t be cured, but it can be controlled.

What is type 2 diabetes?
There is more than one type of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. People who are overweight are more likely to get type 2 diabetes.

The food you eat turns into glucose. Your blood carries glucose to other parts of the body. Your body depends on glucose for energy.

When you have diabetes, your body has trouble turning glucose into energy. Instead of being used by your body, the glucose builds up in your blood. The rest of your body is starved of energy.

What is pre-diabetes? 
Pre-diabetes means the amount of glucose in your blood is higher than normal. If you have pre-diabetes, you are at risk for serious health problems, like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Find out more about pre-diabetes.

Am I at risk for diabetes?
You may be at risk for type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are age 45 or older
  • Are overweight
  • Have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes
  • Are African American, Hispanic or Latino American, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander
  • Have had diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)
  • Have had a baby with a birth weight of more than 9 pounds
  • Have high blood pressure or cholesterol
  • Exercise less than 3 times a week

What are the signs of diabetes?
Many people with diabetes don’t know they have the disease. Some signs of diabetes include:

  • Being very thirsty or very hungry
  • Feeling tired for no reason
  • Urinating (going to the bathroom) more than usual
  • Losing weight for no reason
  • Having cuts or bruises that are slow to heal
  • Having trouble seeing (blurry vision)
  • Losing feeling or having tingling in your hands or feet

Not everyone who has diabetes has these signs. If you have any of these signs or think you may be at risk, talk with your doctor about getting tested for diabetes.

 

Take Action!

Take these steps to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Eat healthy.
Eating healthy foods can help you:

  • Control your weight
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Lower your cholesterol
  • Prevent or delay type 2 diabetes

Choose foods low in fat, cholesterol, and salt. Try these tips to:

Get active.
Getting active can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes. Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity, like walking fast or biking.

If you have a health condition, be as active as you can be. Use these tips to stay active with a disability. Your doctor can help you choose the best activities for you.

Watch your weight.
Studies show that losing 5 to 7 percent of your body weight can lower your risk of getting type 2 diabetes. If you weigh 200 pounds, 7 percent of your body weight is 14 pounds.

Try keeping a diary to write down:

To get started, use this food and activity tracking tool for a week.

Check out these other tips to help you reach a healthy weight.

Get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked.

Talk to a doctor about your diabetes risk.
Use this tool to find out if you are at risk for diabetes External Links Disclaimer Logo. Print out the results and take them to your next checkup.

What about cost?  

The Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law passed in 2010, covers these services related to diabetes risk:

  • Diabetes screening for adults with high blood pressure
  • Diet counseling for adults at higher risk for chronic disease

Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get these services at no cost to you. Check with your insurance provider to find out what’s included in your plan.

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Preventing Diabetes - Questions for the Doctor

By U.S. Department of Health and Human Services June 4, 2014 No comments

Diabetes is a chronic (long-term) disease. When you have diabetes, there is too much sugar (called glucose) in your blood.

There is more than one type of diabetes, but type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease. People who are overweight and inactive are more likely to get type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes can cause disability and death – but the good news is that you can do a lot to prevent type 2 diabetes, including:

  • Watching your weight
  • Eating healthy
  • Staying active

Talk with your doctor or nurse about steps you can take to prevent type 2 diabetes.

What do I ask the doctor?


Visiting the doctor can be stressful. It helps to have questions written down before your appointment. Print out this list of questions, and take it with you the next time you visit the doctor.

  • Am I at risk for type 2 diabetes?
  • How can I find out if I have diabetes?
  • Are there any warning signs of diabetes I should watch for?
  • Does my weight put me at risk for diabetes?
  • If I'm overweight, how many pounds do I need to lose to prevent or delay diabetes?
  • How much physical activity should I get to prevent or delay diabetes?
  • What changes can I make to my diet to prevent or delay diabetes?
  • What are some healthy ways to lose weight and keep it off?
  • What are my blood pressure numbers and cholesterol levels, and what should they be?
  • Do my blood pressure numbers and cholesterol levels put me at risk for diabetes?
  • Is there any information about preventing diabetes that I could take home?
  • Are there any local diabetes prevention programs that you could recommend?
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