As we observe Disability Awareness Month, it is crucial to shed light on a health condition that affects millions worldwide and is linked to disabilities —Type 2 diabetes. This month serves as a reminder of the importance of understanding and preventing this condition that not only impacts physical health but can also lead to various disabilities if left unchecked.
The team at Westchester Independent Living Center (WILC) would like to share information on the importance of preventing type 2 diabetes and the risk factors people should be aware of.
Preventing Type 2 Diabetes:
Type 2 diabetes is a serious health condition that, if left untreated, can result in severe complications such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and even the loss of toes, feet, or legs. The good news is that it is often preventable, and one of the most effective ways to do so is by addressing prediabetes.
If you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes, it’s a critical signal that your body is on the verge of developing Type 2 diabetes. The window of opportunity to make positive lifestyle changes is narrow, but it’s never too late to take action.
Understanding the risk factors associated with Type 2 diabetes is the first step toward prevention. If you find yourself in any of the following categories, it’s essential to be proactive about your health:
Overweight: Excess weight, especially around the abdomen, increases the risk of developing diabetes.
Age: Individuals aged 45 and older are more susceptible to Type 2 diabetes.
Family History: If your parent or sibling has Type 2 diabetes, your risk is higher.
Physical Inactivity: Leading a sedentary lifestyle, with less than three sessions of physical activity per week, contributes to the risk.
Previous Gestational Diabetes: Women who had diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) face an increased risk.
High Birth Weight: Giving birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds can be a risk factor.
Taking Control of Your Health:
Healthy Eating: Adopting a balanced and nutritious diet is crucial. Focus on whole foods, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains while limiting processed foods and sugars.
Regular Exercise: Engage in physical activity for at least 150 minutes per week. This could include walking, jogging, swimming, or any other form of exercise you enjoy.
Weight Management: Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is key. Even small weight loss can significantly reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
Regular Check-ups: Schedule regular check-ups with your healthcare provider to monitor your blood sugar levels and discuss any concerns or changes in your health.
Education and Support: Learn more about diabetes prevention and management. Join support groups or educational programs to stay informed and motivated.
If you have prediabetes, join WILC’s CDC-recognized lifestyle change program. It can help you lose weight, become more active, and prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Currently being offered through Zoom. If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the DPP Program please contact Aimee Parks at 845-228-7457 ext. 1106 or by email email@example.com.