Heaven Hi and Happy Saturday!
Today is a special day; it’s World Diabetes Day. Today is a day where we can spend some time becoming aware about the diabetes epidemic that is spreading like wildfire. According to the International Diabetes Foundation, over 640 million people may have diabetes by the year 2040. Want to know how you can help promote this event and steer clear of this debilitating disease?
#1) Get Involved!
There are many ways for you to promote this event, including:
- Tweeting and sharing an update,
- Taking a “Blue Circle Selfie” (you can get it here),
- Organize an activity to aid in promoting the awareness of diabetes and its symptoms
- Organizing healthy meals for you and for your loved ones
- Volunteering your time with a diabetes fair
#2) Watch Out for the Early Warning Signs of Diabetes
There are a few different types of diabetes as well as different warning signs. Check out this short list. If you notice that you might have a number of these symptoms, look into your diet, weight, and check in with your doctor to see if you might have diabetes. Catching it early may mean that you can control the symptoms with simple changes in your diet. That means saving money on your health bills and living longer. It’s really a win-win.
- Frequent urination
- Increase in your thirst
- Blurred Vision
- Unexplained loss in your weight or weight gain
- Increase in your appetite or hunger
- Frequent pains in your feet
- More infections (especially yeast and foot infections)
#3) Preventative Measures
- Shed a few pounds. Dropping a few pounds will be easy if you take some of the other items on this list into consideration.
- Eat More Salad. It sounds boring but it doesn’t have to be. You don’t have to stick with the boring iceberg lettuce, carrot shavings, and ranch dressing. No, mix it up! Try spinach leaves. Mix in your favorite vegetables. Try making a salad with new vegetables. Mix up the textures and flavors. Making your own dressing could help also! Adding some whole grains like quinoa will make it more hearty and healthy as well.
- Drink More Water. It will help curb your appetite, keep you hydrated, and healthy.
- Lead an Active Lifestyle. This doesn’t mean that you need a gym membership (though it can be handy). Take up bike riding or ride your bike to work a couple days a well.
- Start Reading Food Labels. Look for whole grains. Look for hidden sugars. Don’t fall for the lure of sugar substitutes. Stay away from pre-made foods with preservatives.
- Dump the Drive Thru Habit. It is healthier and cheaper to make your own food at home. If you feel like you don’t have enough time to make dinner, prep a few frozen veggie bags that you can stir fry for a quick meal or have some salad ingredients on hand.
Staying healthy is the key to success. Keeping healthy habits when it comes to eating and exercise is good for your physical health and to help limit your medical bills. It is also great for decision making (healthy brain means that you make better decisions) and clear thinking, which can help you in your professional life as well.
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Well, until next time! B BOP!