I bet that you are getting tired of hearing about obesity and about diabetes. Well, get used to it. Diabetes kills as many people in the U.S. every year as cancer, yet diabetes is the leading cause in the U.S of vision loss, kidney failure, amputation, heart attack and stroke.
Unfortunately the diabetes epidemic continues to get worse. November has been designated as American Diabetes Month and Nov. 14 as World Diabetes Day, because diabetes is a problem we must all tackle.
About 4,000 people are diagnosed in the U.S. with diabetes every day, which means that approximately one in three of us have or will get diabetes unless steps are taken to fight the disease.
What can be done? Go see your doctor and start taking some pills? That may be necessary for some of us, but definitely not for all.
Physical activity is recommended in the fight against diabetes. Do something as active as you are able for 30 minutes, five days a week. Get eight hours of sleep every night. Fill half your plate with green vegetables at every meal, which will not leave all that much room for meat and potatoes. Do something; even the smallest steps in the right direction is better than nothing. Make one small change this month, and another next month.
How does one start a healthy habit regime? Make a plan and make it as specific as you can. For example, every weeknight after dinner, take a walk outside for 30 minutes instead of watching TV, or when you go out to eat, bring half the meal home for the next day. Pick something you know you can do and work with a friend or your partner/spouse to make that change together; help each other to take it on.