While I’ve shared with you my motivation to get fit this year, I have to admit it’s not all just vanity. I’m one of the more than 86 million American adults that have prediabetes and are at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. March 22nd is Diabetes Alert Day and I’m using this as a reminder for both myself to do a few things and encouraging you to do so as well.
I’m one of the people who actually knows but nearly 90% of those with prediabetes don’t even know they have it. One reason that I know I’m at risk is because when I was pregnant, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. This raises my risk levels for developing type 2 diabetes in the future. Now with my “baby” just a few months away from turning 4, I’m making my health a serious priority.
As moms, we’re pretty busy. Somewhere along the line, I made that the reason why I haven’t made a healthy lifestyle a priority for myself. That’s exactly why I’ve made some changes in my life. If it were the health of my children or my husband, I’d be making an appointment ASAP but there’s no excuse for me not taking just as good care of myself.
I’m using Diabetes Alert Day as a reminder for both myself to do a few things and encouraging you to do so as well. Here’s the short list of things we can do to take care of ourselves.
First, find out your risk factors by logging onto DoIHavePrediabetes.org for a short online test to help you learn your risk. Because this is just a short online test, I would really encourage you to follow-up with your healthcare provider for a full physical if you haven’t had one before. You know a well-woman check-up just like the well-baby/well-child check-ups that we make sure to schedule on time for our children!
Secondly, prediabetes often can be reversed through weight loss, diet changes and increased physical activity. This is why I’m making an effort to move more. Losing just 5-7% of your body weight can reverse pre-diabetes. A tip to make sure I move more: I’m scheduling in exercise at the beginning of the week, just like all my other important meetings. I want to make sure I get it in.
Finally, I’m planning for a lifestyle change. While losing weight is great, I’m going to keep it off and make fitness apart of my lifestyle with moving more and eating better. Luckily, my family is on board with the healthy things I’m making so I’m going to make sure I plan for my health!
Please help me spread the word and share this message with other busy moms or just people in general. Prediabetes is reversal and treatable. Once you know better, you can do better! Let’s all make sure we do better together.