As spring ushers in a new season of new beginnings, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is inviting North Dakotans to take a new step towards becoming healthier on March 24, Diabetes Alert Day. The NDDoH is supporting the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Alert Day by encouraging everyone to take the Diabetes Risk Test. Taking the test and using the strategies provided can help motivate individuals to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
Over 45,000 North Dakotans have diabetes and over 190,000 are at risk for or have prediabetes. The NDDoH’s Diabetes Program educates North Dakotans on changes to make in order to prevent type 2 diabetes or to manage diabetes to prevent complications.
In observation of Diabetes Alert Day, the following are a few helpful strategies to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes:
Take the Diabetes Risk Test
The Diabetes Risk Test is quick to complete and includes questions about age, weight, family history, and other potential risk factors for diabetes. Results can indicate if a person has a low or high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Take the Diabetes Risk Test today by visiting: http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/diabetes-risk-test/?loc=alertdayfi.
Change Your Eating Habits
- Include non-starchy vegetables (leafy greens, carrots, broccoli and asparagus)
- Include whole fruits (contain fiber, vitamins and minerals)
- Eat healthy carbohydrates and increase fiber intake (brown rice, whole wheat breads, oatmeal and buckwheat)
- Avoid skipping meals which can make you hungrier and unable to focus
- Keep healthy snacks with you to avoid temptation to eat unhealthy foods
- Watch portion sizes to help manage your calorie intake
Move More Each Day
- Try to be active for at least 30 minutes most days of the week
- Walk during your breaks and after lunch
- Check out your local walking trails
- Check with your local community centers to join intramural leagues or walking clubs
- Experience new activities you’ve always wanted to try whether its biking, dancing or swimming
- Create a “health club” with friends to stay motivated
Taking the Diabetes Risk Test, changing your eating habits and becoming more active are ways to live a healthier life style. These actions can help in the prevention and management of diabetes.
For more information, contact Tera Miller, North Dakota Department of Health, at 701.328.2698.