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Friends, Family & Diabetes

September 18, 2019


(Music) Announcer: Welcome to Your Health with Joan Lunden. Presented by, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Joan Lunden: Hi, I’m Joan Lunden. Diabetes is an epidemic sweeping our nation. There are 29 million Americans that have diabetes, and 25% of them don’t even know it. Even more alarming, another 86 million American adults have pre-diabetes, and 90% of them are unaware of their condition. And if left untreated, pre-diabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes, and other serious complications, like heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, amputation, and even death. Type 2 diabetes can be difficult to handle alone. In order to properly manage the disease, it takes help from family and friends, as well as the medical community. To best support a friend or loved one living with diabetes, it’s important to understand what they’re dealing with, and what kind of support they want and need. But living well with diabetes starts with good nutrition. This means more fruits and vegetables, less salt and sugar. Exercise is also vital. At least 30 minutes a day, five days a week is best. And of course taking all medication as prescribed, and checking blood sugar often. These are critical! Add all this up to encourage a healthier way of life for the people we love. The CDC has developed another way to help people prevent type 2 diabetes, with their National Diabetes Prevention Program. It provides trained lifestyle coaches, and support groups to encourage healthy eating and more physical activity, as well as emotional support and stress management, in a community setting. Now this is where you all come in. We all know it’s easier to exercise when we have a friend or family member join us. And it’s easier to eat healthy, when all those around us do to. Know someone with pre-diabetes? Tell them about the National Diabetes Prevention Program, and urge them to visit cdc.gov/diabetesTV These are just some of the ways that we can be supportive for those that we love. Thanks for watching. I’m Joan Lunden. Announcer: Sponsored by NACDD with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visit cdc.gov/diabetesTV (music)

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