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Diabetes awareness helps control BP and blood sugar too

Written by Editorial Team |Updated : August 10, 2014 9:16 PM IST

diabetes-1There are various treatments, tips and prevention methods that have been doled out from time to time, in an attempt to control diabetes effectively. But no one had ever thought of a simple procedure that can prepare an individual suffering from the same deal with it in a better manner efficiently. However, a recent finding now makes it feel like, probably managing diabetes isn't as difficult a task as it is thought to be.

A study has revealed that diabetes education helps people to cope with their diabetic condition better by reducing blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels too. The research showed that after receiving diabetes education for 15 months, 1,263 participants on average lowered their A1C (blood sugar) levels by 67 percent and their LDL (bad) cholesterol levels by 53 percent and 25 percent of the patients had high blood pressure, compared to 32 percent prior to the study. (Read: 10 ways to control diabetes naturally)

Lovelyamma Varghese, Director of Nursing Practice and quality for the Ambulatory Care Network at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, said that diabetes education was not only helpful, but it was necessary for people with the condition as it was designed to empower patients to self-manage and reach their goals. He insisted that they have shown this program could really work with their patient-centered approach, which prioritized their patients' need and as diabetes educators. Varghese added that they could go into their homes, speak their language, identify opportunities for behavioral changes, even open the fridge and see what was in there, as a part of the partnership. Here's how fibre can help you to prevent diabetes.

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Here are some tips to prevent diabetes

1. Get your sugar levels checked: A lot of people have prediabetes (fasting sugar: 100-125 mg/dl) and are totally clueless about it. A blood sugar test will help you to understand whether you're prediabetic and what are your chances of developing diabetes. If you get diagnosed with prediabetes, then you can take the right steps and prevent it from transforming into irreversible diabetes. Here are things you should know about prediabetes.

2. Change your lifestyle: Sometimes, small changes can make a huge difference. Lifestyle intervention for preventing diabetes is the best example for this. Several studies on diabetes prevention programme have proved that diabetes can be prevented effectively by giving up sedentary lifestyle and adopting healthier changes. Read more about sedentary lifestyle and diabetes risk.

3. Eat healthy: Eat a healthy diet that has low calories, especially low saturated fats. Trials have shown that fat intake should not exceed 30 percent of the total calorie intake, whereas saturated fats should be restricted to just 10 percent. Include more of vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, dairy products and sources of omega 3 fats. Also, increase your fibre intake.

With inputs from ANI

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