Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) May 19, 2014
The last couple of decades tell a “good news, bad news” story about diabetes. That’s the disease that makes it tough for your body to control blood sugar.
Here’s a snapshot:
In the last 20 years, the number of adults with diabetes has more than tripled. Nearly one in 10 now has the disease. That’s certainly not good news. But there are some bright spots in recent reports. In general, control of blood sugar has improved and rates of serious complications from diabetes have declined a great deal.
If someone is at risk for diabetes or already has it, consider these three questions:
1. Are you making good lifestyle choices?
Where people haven’t made progress, lifestyle has a lot to do with it. For example, it’s no secret that the obesity epidemic is growing, right along with the diabetes epidemic.
Think about the lifestyle choices you make. Yes, everyone has heard it all before, but it still holds true: Make healthy food choices—and understand diabetes meal planning. Exercise 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week. Move to or stay at a healthy weight. And manage stress to the best of one's ability.
2. The ABC's of Diabetes?
Knowing one's numbers is also a big piece of the diabetes story, especially if at risk for or have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. High blood pressure is when blood moves through the vessels with too much force. Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or can cause plaque buildup in arteries. Combined, these three give a heart and blood vessels a triple whammy.
These are the diabetes ABCs:
A is for the A1C test. That’s the test that shows what one's blood sugar levels have been the past three months. In most cases, aiming for the numbers below is a great goal.
B is for blood pressure. A great goal is below 140/80. The top number measures pressure in vessels as a heart beats. The bottom number measures pressure when vessels relax between beats.
C is for cholesterol. Consult a doctor or sign up for a free consultation at the end in order to determine these numbers.
3. Mange Medications
If diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, insulin is a must. Some people with type 2 diabetes need pills and/or insulin to meet target blood glucose levels. Although lifestyle is a first line of defense, cholesterol medications such as statins can help control cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, there are many classes of drugs to keep this silent killer at bay.
It may not be easy keeping track of all this, especially if someone has been prescribed multiple medications.
That’s what Rx Care Pharmacy is here for. Let our experts explain how each drug works, what side effects to watch for, and ensure the medication is being taken properly.
Let us know your diabetes story and how we can help? Together, let’s make sure it has a happier ending.
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