Get Tested: Today is American Diabetes Association Alert Day

Today is American Diabetes Association Alert Day.

According to the American Diabetes Association, “Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States, and more than a quarter of them—eight million—do not even know they have it. An additional 86 million have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes 7 to 10 years after the onset of the disease, after disabling and even deadly complications have had time to develop. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of these complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.”

It’s important to remember the ways that exercise can help.

Angie Ferguson, an exercise physiologist, writes in News-Press.com that “physical activity plays a big role in maintaining blood glucose levels and management for diabetics. Exercise helps by controlling weight, lowering blood cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease, reducing stress and most importantly, can help insulin work in the body more effectively. Recommended types of effective exercises for someone with diabetes include walking, swimming, dancing, water aerobics and cycling.”

“If you are a newly diagnosed diabetic starting an exercise program, keep a few safety guidelines in mind. First, avoid any exercise that may cause sudden postural changes as this may lead to changes in blood pressure problems. Also, be cognoscente of blood glucose levels, both before and after exercise and always include an extended warm up and cool down.”

“Remember, the majority of the people with diabetes, 85-90 percent are type 2, which is directly related to unhealthy lifestyle factors. It’s up to you to make a positive change and become a statistic for healthy living instead!”

The American Diabetes Association offers an online Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test.

Wellness Works Hub reports information on a new “study published in the journal Stem Cell Reports, researchers reveal how a combination of stem cell transplantation and antidiabetic medication successfully treated mice with type 2 diabetes.”