WHENEVER I TEACH a diabetes education workshop, people tell me they wish someone would have taught them what to do when they were first diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes. It’s never too late to learn how to control it.
THE LONGER diabetes goes uncontrolled, the greater the chance you will develop complications, many of which are not reversible. Learning how to control diabetes (or prevent it if you have been told you have prediabetes) is something you don’t get in your 30 seconds with the doctor.
HERE ARE four simple tips which, when practiced daily, can help get your to your best weight AND help you control and reverse diabetes. It’s easy when you know what to do!
- DRINK 8 cups of water a day (5-8 cups a day for kids).*
- EAT rainbows (fruits and vegetables the colors of the rainbow – see blueberries** below).
- REPEAT 1-3.
To learn more about what a healthy weight is for you – and your kids – go to www.cdc.gov.
Nancy L. Heinrich, MPH
Your Healthy Diabetes Coach
*Check with your doctor about how much water to drink if you have been advised to restrict fluids due to conditions such as COPD.
**ONE CUP OF BLUEBERRIES has about 84 calories and 4 grams of dietary fiber. Blueberries are one of the superfoods I write about in my book, “Healthy Living with Diabetes: One Small Step at a Time,” available from www.ourlittlebooks.com.