One in four people age 65 and older is diagnosed with diabetes. Many more have the disease and don’t know it. Take steps today to protect yourself.
Choose an activity you enjoy (such as walking or swimming) and do it for about 30 minutes a day most days of the week. Check with your health care provider before starting an exercise program.
2. Eat healthy.
Load up on fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy sources, and lean protein. Incorporate more fish, beans, peas, nuts and seeds into your diet and experiment with seasonings such as cinnamon.
3. Lose weight if needed.
Just a 5 percent weight loss is proven to help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
4. Stay on top of your regular screenings, including eye exams.
Know your blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and body mass index numbers.
5. Take medications for diabetes and other chronic conditions as prescribed by your health care provider.
6. Quit smoking.
It increases your risk of diabetes and makes it more difficult to manage the disease if you have it.