Diabetes Alert Day: Get Informed, Get Tested & Reduce the Risk
Diabetes affects more than 29 million Americans, but it is estimated that 1 in every 4 people with diabetes is not aware that they have the disease! American Diabetes Association (ADA) Alert Day, held March 28th, 2017, encourages all Americans to take the ADA Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. Additionally, Martin’s Wellness recommends everyone practice some healthy living tips that can help with preventing and managing type 2 diabetes.
Additionally, Martin’s Wellness recommends everyone practice some healthy living tips that can help with preventing and managing type 2 diabetes.
Take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test
The ADA risk test is available online or as a handout at our pharmacies and only takes a minute to complete. With questions like “Do you have a family history of diabetes?” and “Are you physically active?”, participants can learn if they have risk factors for type 2 diabetes in 60 seconds! When you complete the questionnaire at a Martin’s Wellness pharmacy, our expert pharmacists and wellness consultants are there to support you and answer any questions you might have.
Learn How to Lower Your Risk
You can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes by staying at a healthy weight, eating healthy, and being active. Maintaining a healthy weight not only lowers your risk for diabetes, it also can help prevent and manage heart disease, high blood pressure, and unhealthy cholesterol. Eating healthy means filling your diet with lots of vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and healthy fats. Limiting fried foods and sugar-sweetened drinks helps too. Lastly, try to be active throughout the day and aim for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 5 days a week.
Natural Blood Sugar Support
There are also nutritional supplements that help support healthy blood sugar levels. Chromium is a key mineral that helps control blood sugar, combats carb cravings, and helps support lean body composition. Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant that helps convert blood glucose into energy helping to control blood sugar levels. Herbs such as cinnamon, gymnema, and bitter melon help maintain healthy blood sugar.
All of these powerful ingredients can be purchased separately or can conveniently be found together in a product such as GlucoFunction by Pure Encapsulations!