The National Diabetes Statistics Report states that over 29 million Americans have diabetes, and there are 1.4 million new diagnoses each year. March 22 is American Diabetes Association Alert Day and there are many ways in which you can learn about the metabolic disease, and how to lower your risk of development.
We’ve all heard that there are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. But what are the differences?
Type 1: Making up five percent of all diagnoses, Type 1 diabetes is naturally-occurring and, unfortunately, unavoidable. Developing most commonly in children and young adults, the body’s insulin production simply cannot keep up, making it difficult to maintain the proper blood sugar levels.
Type 2: The most common form of diabetes is developed in reaction to a lifestyle that creates too much or too little insulin for the body to handle. Multiple risk factors include family history, weight, low physical activity, age, race, high blood pressure and more.
Though diabetes is a very serious disease, it can be managed and maintained with a healthier lifestyle.
- Make sure you exercise at least 30 minutes each day to increase your body’s adaptability to shifting hormone levels – this can include taking a walk, dancing and even being active with your kids.
- Choose healthy foods whenever possible, opting for whole grain over processed foods, and fruits and vegetables rather than desserts or high-sodium snacks. Eat, whether meals or snacks, about every 4-5 hours to maintain more even blood sugars throughout the day.
- Stay educated about your health by taking your prescribed medications and scheduling regular medical exams. You can learn more by discussing diabetes options with your doctor or by speaking with your Meijer pharmacist.
If you or someone close to you would like to learn more about managing diabetes, we invite you to stop by your local Meijer store for a special in-store educational event for the upcoming American Diabetes Association Alert Day.
Diabetes Solutions – In-Store Event (all stores)
- Date: Saturday, March 19
- Hours: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Events will include:
- Free Glucose screening
- American Diabetes Association Risk Assessment
- Receive Shopping guides and educational handouts
- Ask about our FREE Metformin immediate release