November is Diabetes Awareness Month

November has been designated national diabetes awareness month. During this month, communities across our country focus on informing and educating everyone on this health care epidemic. In 2018, there is an emphasis on promoting good health after a gestational diabetic pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is diabetes that occurs during a pregnancy, but goes away (resolves on its own) after the delivery of the child. Studies have shown, though, that half of all women who experienced gestational diabetes go on to develop diabetes at a later date. Additionally, the children also have a higher risk of developing diabetes during their lifetime. Thus, the emphasis is on close monitoring during the preg

Diabetes and exercise: The 150 minute goal

The importance of exercise cannot be overstated as part of your diabetes management plan. Exercise has many benefits that contribute to your overall health and well-being. Exercise reduces stress, improves sleep patterns, helps maintain body weight, and most importantly, helps to reduce glucose levels. Muscles utilize glucose for energy during periods of exercise; thus, lowering your blood sugar level. According to the American Diabetes Association, the recommended target for weekly exercise is 150 minutes. That number alone- 2 ½ hours a week- can be abit overwhelming to the inactive/ less active person. The truth is this guideline goal can easily be met in under 22 minutes a day. If you hav

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