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Well and Good: Diabetes Workshop

Diabetes is one of the fastest-growing health problems in America. About 1 in 10 American adults currently are living with this disease, and some experts predict that number could easily double within a generation.

However, for many, many people living with Type 2 diabetes, some pretty simple changes in diet and exercise can help control most symptoms. Lifestyle changes can even decrease the likelihood of developing more serious complications.

But where to start? That’s the confusing part. So let us help, with a FREE workshop from 2-3 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 28, on managing diabetes through diet, exercise and medicine.

I’ll be leading this workshop at the FRESH pharmacy, near the main check-out area. If you, a family member or a friend are already dealing with diabetes, or if you just want to learn how to lower your risk of ever developing this disease, this workshop ought to offer you plenty of practical, usable tips.

We’ll give you an overview of the disease and stress the importance of regularly checking your blood sugar, taking any diabetes medicines prescribed, and seeing your medical providers regularly. But we’ll also get into specifics on controlling carbs, eating right, and getting in a good workout. For instance, did you know:

Controlling your diet means more than cutting carbs: Yes, you need to count carbs, but don’t just get caught up in the numbers. Your body still needs some carbohydrates, just the right kind; oatmeal, for instance, is much better than a potato. And, you need to watch your fat intake. Meats and cheeses may not count against your carb limit, but the excess fat in these items means you can’t merely substitute bacon and steaks for bread and pasta.

Slow and steady wins the race: Especially for patients who have not been exercising regularly, the idea of going to a gym or running a mile may seem daunting. But I often suggest a much more natural approach to fitness, especially for those beginning an exercise program: Get up and vacuum, mow the lawn yourself, walk the dog a few extra blocks, or commit to taking the stairs a few times every day. The key is to be consistent and work more movement into your daily routine, every day.

If you’re living with diabetes, you’ll be amazed at how a few simple changes can make you feel so much better! Join us Saturday to find out more.