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5 Critical Steps to Reducing Your Risk of Diabetes

5 Critical Steps to Reducing Your Risk of Diabetes

Whew! We made it through the long holiday weekend with our sanity intact, our bank accounts in the black and our diets not destroyed. All kidding aside, we hope you had a truly amazing Thanksgiving weekend full of friends, food and good shopping deals. We know we certainly did.

Although the star of November is Thanksgiving, there’s a lesser known but equally important observation during the month of November. What could this be you ask. It’s National Diabetes Month, of course.

Each November, communities, doctors and health care centers nationwide join together to raise awareness of the impact Diabetes has on millions of Americans.

In fact, according to statistics from diabetes.org, in 2015 there was nearly 30.3 million Americans who suffered from Type 1 or 2 Diabetes. In addition, one in three people will develop Diabetes in their lifetime. The numbers are even worse for older Americans with nearly 25% of all loved ones over the age of 65 suffering from the disease. Furthermore, diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.

Finally, as if having Diabetes isn’t bad enough, medical costs are twice as high for people with Diabetes than people without. It is estimated that total costs of Diabetes in the United States top $245 billion annually.

There are 3 main types of Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational), with 9 out of 10 of those people suffering from Diabetes Type 2. Unfortunately, there is currently no known cure for Type 1 Diabetes. However, the silver lining is that the risk for Type 2 Diabetes can be greatly minimized by making lifestyle changes.

Keep reading to find out how you can lower you and your loved one’s risk of having Type 2 Diabetes.

Before we discuss tactics to lower your risk, you should know what puts you at risk for Type 2 Diabetes. The Center for Disease Control lists the following as risk factors:

  • Having higher than average blood sugar levels.
  • Being overweight
  • Being over 45 years old
  • Having family members with Type 2 diabetes
  • Being physically inactive

So, now that you know the risk factors of Type 2 diabetes, how can you lower risk?

Step 1: Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
As you already know, being overweight is a big risk factor for diabetes. Maintaining a healthy body weight can greatly reduce your risk. In fact, experts claim that every 2.2 pounds lost reduces your risk of diabetes by 16 percent.

Step 2: Partake in Physical Activity
Making sure you get an adequate amount of physical activity will not only help you maintain your physical health and a good body weight, it will also help you lower your risk of diabetes.  Research suggests that the best way to reduce your risk of diabetes is aerobic exercise and resistance training.

Step 3: Optimize Your Diet
Optimizing your diet isn’t just about eating healthier food but also eating healthier portion sizes. Smaller portions will help you lose weight by reducing the number of calories you bring in. We recommend limiting fatty foods and replacing sugary soft drinks with water. Make sure to add foods high in fiber such as fruits, veggies, beans, whole grains and nuts.

Step 4: Make Small Changes
We know all these changes can be difficult and time consuming to make. We recommend taking small steps each day towards your health goals. This will make it seem less daunting and more achievable.

Step 5: Remember Your ABCs
If you are prediabetes or on the verge of Diabetes, you should work with your doctor on the diabetes ABCs. According to the CDC, this acronym stands for:

  • —the A1C test, which measures average blood sugar over 2 to 3 months.
  • blood pressure, the force of blood flow inside blood vessels.  
  • cholesterol, a group of blood fats that affect the risk of heart attack or stroke.
  • —stop smoking or don’t start.

These are just a few of the many ways you can help your elderly loved one reduce their risk of Diabetes. If you would like more help, feel free to reach out to us here at Wiser Home Care Services. We can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs.

Wow Your Thanksgiving Guests With These 10 Turkey Day Fun Facts

Unless you live under a rock (in which case you wouldn’t be reading this blog), you know that the holiday season is upon us. After all, the radio is filled with warm holiday music, seemingly every commercial on tv has a holiday jingle and reference to jolly ol’ saint Nick, and retail stores have aisles of Christmas decorations on display.

Wait, what? Christmas decorations? Yep, you read that right, the turkey hasn’t even had his big day, but Saint Nick is already stealing the show.

Now don’t get us wrong, we aren’t the kind of people who get upset by Christmas overtaking Thanksgiving, but we do love all holidays equally. So, this week for our blog we thought it would be fun to share some Thanksgiving fun facts and trivia so you can wow your dinner guests over your delicious Thanksgiving meal.

The First Thanksgiving
We all know the story of the first Thanksgiving held in 1621 with the Pilgrims and Native Americans. But, did you know many historians believe that among the 50 pilgrims only 5 were women due to the harshness of the first year in North America?

Thanksgiving Gave Way to the TV Dinner
In 1953, Swanson had so much extra turkey leftover from Thanksgiving that they started packaging it in aluminum trays with other sides. Thus, the TV dinner was created.

The First Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
Macy’s started their holiday parade tradition way back in 1924 to celebrate their expansion and new title as the ‘World’s Largest Store’. Back then it was called the Macy’s Christmas Parade, and it featured several live zoo animals loaned from the Central Park Zoo.

Black Friday Isn’t Just the Busiest Shopping Day of the Year
For many, Black Friday signifies the busiest shopping day of the year. However, a recent study found that plumbing company calls increase by 50% the Friday after Thanksgiving and business increases by 21%.

Mary Had a Little…turkey?
Sarah Josepha Hale, the writer and editor who penned the popular ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ was also responsible for convincing President Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday.

Turkey by the Numbers
The National Turkey Foundation, yes that’s a real foundation, claims that 88% of Americans consume Turkey on Thanksgiving. This adds up to nearly 46 million turkeys.

It’s Not the Tryptophan that Has You Trippin’
Most people assume that it is the tryptophan in the turkey that causes you to be tired after Thanksgiving dinner. The truth is, chicken has more tryptophan than turkey. You’re just more tired because of how hard your body is working to digest the large meal.

The Leftovers
According to a recent Harris Poll, 80% of Americans prefer Thanksgiving leftovers to the original meal itself.

The Turkey Bowl
The Thanksgiving Day tradition of a football game played on the holiday started in 1924 “when the Detroit Lions played the Chicago Bears in the first NFL game broadcast nationally.”

A Thanksgiving World Record
The heaviest recorded turkey by the Guinness Book of World Records weighed in at a whopping 86 pounds.

We hope you enjoyed these Thanksgiving Day fun facts. If you care for or plan on hosting an elderly loved one for the holiday we urge you to read our blog discussing 11 Thanksgiving Tips for the Elderly. You can find it here: http://wisercareservices.com/blog/11-thanksgiving-tips-for-the-elderly/ .

If would like help developing a care plan of any kind please feel free to contact us. Wiser Home Care Services can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs and help prevent falls and fall-related injuries.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wiser Home Care Services’ Annual Caregiver Picnic

This summer, the office staff, caregivers and employee family members at Wiser Home Care Services took some time off to enjoy an evening of delicious food, fun games, and team building near the water at Steele Lake Park in Federal Way. Thank you to staff team member Kathryn for capturing these fun memories on camera. We hope you enjoy them.