Are You at Risk for Diabetes?
Thursday, March 01, 2012

Are you at risk for diabetes

Did you know that there is such a thing as prediabetes? Many Americans have no idea that this condition exists, but one in three Americans have it. Prediabetes means that your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be type 2 diabetes. Early intervention is the key. Increased physical activity and weight loss can help delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Eating healthier foods can bring your blood sugar levels back to normal and reduce the development of type 2 diabetes.

Knowledge is Power

Quick Tips for Prevention

  • Get up and get moving!  Take the stairs, use the farthest parking spot, take an evening stroll - even a moderate increase in your physical activity level can help.
  • Introduce more fiber into your diet.  Try to incorporate more whole grains, beans, nuts and vegetables into every meal.  A high fiber diet can aid in weight loss by making you feel more full, and can help maintain blood sugar levels.
  • Finally, if you are overweight make a plan to drop the excess weight.  Studies have shown that even a modest weight loss of about 10 percent of your initial body weight can reduce the risk of developing diabetes.

Diabetes and Nutritional Education in South Jersey

If you have diabetes, living with the disease can be easier with the proper knowledge and education. Kennedy’s Diabetes Control offers diabetes education classes in Cherry Hill, Somerdale and Washington Township at several different times. The classes include useful information that will help you and your loved ones learn effective ways to live with diabetes without it disrupting your life.

We offer individual and group sessions, directed by Kennedy’s registered dietitians and certified diabetes educators. The classes cover nutrition education designed to help you follow a simple diet and incorporate exercise into your life to reduce the symptoms of diabetes and help you live a healthier life. Did you know Kennedy offers the largest number of diabetes education classes in South Jersey? The program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association – ADA for its positive outcomes. If you or someone you know could benefit from diabetes education, call 866-224-0264. Most insurances accepted.

Online Chat!

Have questions about prediabetes and diabetes prevention?  Or are you a diabetic and you would like tips on managing your condition?  Join us on March 27th from 1pm to 2pm for a free online chat, facilitated by Susan Santry, RN. Click here to join the conversation.