Each year, millions of American families are touched by type 2 diabetes . That’s why the American Diabetes Association has started American Diabetes Alert Day to educate the public about their risk for type 2 diabetes. This annual event aims to bring greater awareness to families about the factors that can cause diabetes and ways to prevent it. This year’s celebration will occur on March 26, 2013, and Sunrise Children’s Hospital is honored to be a part of it. To decrease your family’s chances of experiencing type 2 diabetes, consider the following suggestions:
Maintain a Consistent Exercise Program
Physical activity is important for many aspects of health, and can greatly influence a person’s risk for type 2 diabetes. Exercise promotes the stabilization of blood glucose levels, which directly impact the onset of diabetes. Physical activity also diminishes a person’s likelihood of being overweight or obese. Because studies have determined a link between excessive weight and type 2 diabetes, it’s essential that each member of your family engages in daily exercise .
Assess Your Family’s Health History
Take a look at your family tree. If any of your immediate family members have been diagnosed with diabetes, you must be diligent about maintaining healthy lifestyle choices. Researchers have found that when a parent or sibling has diabetes, the odds of you suffering from it increase as well.
Calculate Your Body Mass Index
Perhaps you are doing all you can to eat right and exercise regularly, yet you fear you may still be overweight. To be sure, you can calculate your body mass index. Your body mass index, or BMI, takes into account both your weight and height to determine if you weigh more than is healthy. Though children should not be evaluated according to the BMI scale, it’s important to take them for regular physicals so a healthcare provider can assess whether they should decrease their weight to reduce their type 2 diabetes risk.
Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help you avoid the risks and complications of type 2 diabetes. Call our Las Vegas facility today at (702) 731-5437 for more diabetes prevention information, and visit our website to learn more about our upcoming classes.