Have you been thinking about New Year’s Resolutions? Why not give yourself and your loved ones the resolution of good health! By making changes – like eating better and being more physically active – you can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, and have many more years to make memories with your family.
Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to other health conditions such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease. One in three Americans has prediabetes, a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough yet for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. You can have prediabetes for years but have no clear symptoms, so it often goes undetected until serious health problems show up.
The good news is that prediabetes can often be reversed by making lifestyle changes. As you plan for the holidays this year, think about how you and your family can fit some healthy habits into your celebrations. For example, you can:
Add a new healthy recipe to your meals. In addition to your traditional recipes, try adding a new appetizer or side dish that includes vegetables. And for those family favorites that just can’t be missed, swap in some healthier ingredients or serve smaller portion sizes.
Try an activity that gets the whole family up and moving. Whether it’s enjoying a walk through your neighborhood, having a family snowball fight, or playing an active game like charades, there are many ways you can make time to be active and have fun as a family.
Join others who have also made the resolution to focus on their health with 24 for Life, part of CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program, offers Zoom classes that can help you learn more about how to get and stay healthier, and reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In the program, participants work in a group with a trained lifestyle coach to learn how to make long-term changes.
For more information, visit www.midlandcare.org/24forlife and give yourself and your family the gift of good health by preventing type 2 diabetes!
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