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Beating the Odds

Jul 02, 2013

Are you feeling that the odds are stacked against you when it comes to diabetes and heart disease? The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has developed a national program called CheckUp America® that helps people learn how to lower their risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, helping you beat the odds.

As defined by the ADA, risk factors include

  • Overweight
  • High blood glucose(sugar)
  • History of diabetes during pregnancy, called gestational diabetes (for women)
  • High blood pressure
  • Unhealthy Cholesterol
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Unhealthy eating
  • Age, race, gender and family history

The good news is that with the exception of having a history of gestational diabetes and age, race, gender, and family history you CAN control the other risk factors.  Start to beat the odds and enjoy a happier and healthier life by following these simple tips:

  • Know your numbers such as blood pressure, cholesterol, Body Mass Index, and glucose levels by making an appointment with your primary care physician.  Once you’ve identified your controllable risk factors you can set and achieve small goals and begin to build confidence in yourself. 
  • Move: Physical activity can have a positive impact on all of the controllable risk factors.  Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes at least 5 days out of the week.  For an exercise plan to stick choose something you enjoy doing and find a workout buddy.
  • Cook: Scale back on regular visits to the drive-thru and restaurants and cook more healthy meals at home. You will have better control of portion size, sodium, and fat content.  Surf the web for easy and quick healthy recipes that fit into your lifestyle and include foods that you love.

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