You may have already heard that age, weight, and lifestyle are big factors in developing and controlling diabetes. Genetics has a large part in predicting who may have diabetes. If your relatives had or have diabetes, you are more likely to develop it, but also, where the body stores fat can be an indicator. People that carry most of their weight around the waist rather than at the hips are more likely to have insulin resistance (the body’s inability to use its own insulin) and therefore, Type 2 diabetes.
Rather than waste time blaming yourself for this disease, use your energy to take the knowledge you have gained to acquire new, healthy habits that can change your life for the better. One of the best habits is EXERCISE.
NOW IS THE TIME TO GET MOVING!
Don’t let this cool fall weather pass you by without taking the opportunity to become more physically active, and better yet, start exercising regularly. Even when the weather doesn’t cooperate, we usually have heat or air conditioning! Whether you are at home, at the gym, or at the mall, use your resources. Exercise has amazing benefits, it we just give it a chance. A 15-30 minute walk once or twice a day can improve your life, your health, and your attitude.
Michelle Weber, RN, CDCES
Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist