Fight Diabetes in Four Steps
lower your risk of pre-diabetes and diabetes. Simple movement or walking works. There is no need to feel as though you have to strenuous physical activity. Being active can also lower your blood pressure and blood glucose; while also improving your blood circulation.
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Poor eating habits not only contribute Type 2 diabetes, but cardiovascular disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Eating more nourishing food like fruits, vegetables, non-starchy vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes will give your body the vitamins, minerals, fiber, and nutrients it needs to prevent and manage the disease.
Lower Your Weight
Being overweight can put you at risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Losing a mere 10-15 pounds can help prevent or manage health conditions associated with Type 2 diabetes. Although losing weight can seem hard to do, it is as simple as getting active and changing your eating habits. Always remember to start small because those small wins make bigger progress.
Being educated is the first step to combating Type 2 diabetes and the American Diabetes Association has programs and initiatives targeted to the African American Community. The Choose to Live: Sisters Strong Together program is designed to help African American women learn ways to better take care of themselves.
Live Empowered is an initiative with a targeted approach educating about diabetes through culturally appropriate materials, community-based activities, workshops, and events.
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Elissa Mirsky, known to most as Elle, is a published author and former editor-in-chief of Bold Magazine. She believes food shouldn’t be boring and every meal should be fashionably edible. Follow her on Instagram @mylifebeingelle where she is documenting her journey to eat well, live life, and love self.