Impacting students and adults, the ULGC’s Health and Quality of Life program helps uninsured individuals and families access health care resources, such as free or low-cost health clinics, prescriptions, and eye glasses. The ULGC also offers the FIT for Life program, which was launched to reduce the prevalence of obesity and diabetes among urban youth by offering fitness and nutrition classes to children in grades 3-5 at three urban elementary schools.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a very common and serious condition that many people may have without realizing it. The good news is there is a lot you can do to keep from getting type 2 diabetes. And if you do have it, you can still live a long and healthy life. There two type of diabetes:
Diabetes is a condition in which the body either does not make any insulin (type 1 diabetes) or does not make enough insulin or does not use insulin very well (type 2 diabetes).
Pre-Diabetes is a condition in which your blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. If you have pre-diabetes, you are at increased risk for getting diabetes later on.
However, the good news is, you can start taking steps to prevent diabetes by making healthy lifestyle changes.
How to Help a Loved One Cope with Diabetes
Learn about diabetes. There is a lot to learn about how people can live well with diabetes. Use what you learn to help your loved one manage his or her diabetes. Try some of these tips:
What are the symptoms?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, tell your doctor or healthcare provider if you should have a blood test for diabetes.
The good news is that for every factor except family history and age, you can take steps to reduce your risk for both diabetes and cardiovascular disease (heart disease).
Physical Activity Steps
Diabetes is linked with inactivity. If you become more physically active, you can decrease your risk for getting diabetes:
Continue to learn about managing diabetes by reading about diabetes online. Here is where to go for help:
National Diabetes Education Program www.YourDiabestesInfor.org
American Association of Diabetes Educators www.diabeteseducator.org
Academy of Nutrition and Diabetes www.eatright.org
Center for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov/diabetes.