Welcome to Healthy Tips! Every other month we will post useful health care tips for women here on our website. These will cover topics of interest to women of all ages. We hope you find the information helpful.
Diabetes: A Plan for Prevention
Diabetes is on the rise in both adults and children (See You Should Know). The good news is that in many cases, the onset of diabetes can be prevented by making some healthy lifestyle changes.
Losing weight, eating healthy, exercising, getting your blood checked, and having an annual physical can all help you reduce your risk of developing diabetes. Follow these simple steps to get started!
Try Losing a Few Pounds
Being overweight increases your risk of Type 2 diabetes, as well as heart disease and stroke. Losing even 10 to 15 pounds can help you reduce that risk. Think of losing weight as a step by step process. Small, regular steps will help you reach your goal and help the process seem manageable. Do not think “I want to lose 50 pounds!” Think I want to lose a few pounds this month, a few more next month, and so on.
To lose weight, and keep it off, try this approach:
Ready, Set, Exercise!
Bloodwork: Know Your Score
Getting your blood screened annually is a good way to keep track of your health. A regular preventative screening will test your blood sugar, triglycerides, and “good” and “bad” cholesterol. Your doctor can advise you on the full extent of the recommended screening and also what your results mean. If improvement is needed, your provider can also recommend steps toward reaching those goals.
Certain other factors can increase your risk for diabetes, such as your age, family history, and ethnicity. If you have these risk factors, then following the steps above are especially important. Your healthcare provider can also advise you on any other preventative actions that might be recommended to help you reduce your risk. Maintaining a healthy weight, being active, and getting a regular physical can all help keep you on the right track.
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Gestational Diabetes: What You Should Know
Gestational diabetes, or diabetes during pregnancy, occurs only during a woman’s pregnancy then disappears once the pregnancy is over. Women who experience gestational diabetes have never had diabetes before, but once you have gestational diabetes, there are certain precautions you should take.
Women who have had gestational diabetes have a two in three chance that the diabetes will return in future pregnancies. Women who have had gestational diabetes are more than 7 times as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes as women who did not have diabetes during pregnancy.
If you also have other health conditions, such as being overweight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood glucose, or you are a smoker, then the odds of your developing Type 2 diabetes are even higher.
If you had gestational diabetes, you can reduce your risk for developing Type 2 diabetes by taking the following steps:
For more information about Partners for Women’s Health, call (603) 778-0557.
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