Taking care of yourself is a very important part of staying at the top of your game; being at the top of your physical, emotional and mental well-being. Yet, for some reason, many of us do not take the time to take care of ourselves. Self-Care helps you stay healthy, recharge, and manage any health issues you may have.
You could have Prediabetes
If you are not taking care of yourself like you should be, you could be putting yourself at risk. For many, it can lead to a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. 86 million American adults (more than 1 in 3) have prediabetes and are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a serious health condition that can lead to heart attack and stroke. If you are thinking that is not you, think again. Surprisingly, nearly 90% of those with prediabetes don’t even know that they have it.
If you think you or a loved one might be at risk, take this simple test. The good news is, if you are at risk for prediabetes it can often be reversed through weight loss, diet changes and increased physical activity. Diagnosis is key: research shows that once people are aware of their condition, they are much more likely to make the necessary lifestyle changes.
Look, we all know that change can be difficult. It takes 14 days to establish a habit. Below are some great tips from the American Diabetes Association that you can pick up quickly and easily to get yourself into the habit of taking time for YOU.
Get at least 2.5 hours (150 minutes) of light aerobic activity every week. This could be as simple as going for a brisk 30-minute walk 5 days per week. Even 10 minutes at a time adds up. Small steps can lead to big changes.
Find simple ways to be more active throughout the day, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking farther away from the entrance of a store front when you hit the shops. Because, hey, whatever will get you moving is a step in the right direction.
At the start of each week, create a schedule of when you’re going to exercise — and make it a priority to stick to it!
March 22nd is Diabetes Alert Day.
We need to communicate a sense of urgency – it’s time to take action and what better day to spread the message than on Diabetes Alert Day! If you know someone who could be at risk, encourage them to visit DoIHavePrediabetes.org for a short online test that will help them learn their risk for prediabetes.