Diabetes Prevention and Management
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Diabetes is a growing epidemic in communities across the United States. In 2010, an estimated 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people 20 years of age and older, according to statistics from the American Diabetes Association and the Centers for Disease Control.
The condition can cause serious complications including blindness, kidney failure, and amputations. People with diabetes also have an increased risk for heart attack and stroke.
Reduce Your Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes
To help you reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, specialists at the Mount Sinai Diabetes Center recommend taking these preventive steps:
Stay active with daily exercise.
Research shows that exercising for about 2.5 hours per week can decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. Exercise helps to control blood sugar, weight and cholesterol levels.
Obesity or being overweight, a common risk factor in type 2 diabetes, causes the body to become more resistant to insulin. Reducing your weight by five to seven percent can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes. Adults should try to keep their body mass index below 25.
Limit your intake of foods that are processed and high in trans and saturated fats, such as frozen dinners, fried foods, and baked goods. Buy fresh foods like fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins like chicken or fish.
Know your numbers.
Have your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar checked every year. Make an appointment with your doctor if you have a family history of diabetes or think you may be at risk.
If You Are Diagnosed with Diabetes
The Mount Sinai Diabetes Center, which is recognized as a Center of Excellence by the American Diabetes Association, can help patients manage and control their disease. A team of specialized physicians, registered dietitians, nurse practitioners, and certified diabetes educators work together to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient. Mount Sinai is also one of only a few institutions offering diabetes self-management classes for free.
Because obesity is a major factor in developing type 2 diabetes, the Center’s dietitians are on hand to provide patients with nutritional advice that is tailored to their medical condition, cultural food preferences, and income level.
The Diabetes Center offers technology that provides useful information about how medication, food, and exercise affect blood sugar levels. Mount Sinai administers the A1c blood test, which can estimate a patient’s average blood sugar level over the last three months within six minutes, and continuous glucose monitoring uses under-the-skin sensors to measure blood sugar levels 24 hours a day.
To learn more about the latest tools for managing diabetes or to make an appointment, call 212-241-3422.
Mount Sinai Diabetes Center
5 East 98th Street, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10029
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