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4 ways you can manage diabetes in Georgia

OCT 23, 2018
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Diabetes is growing at an epidemic rate in Georgia —  almost 14% of adults have diabetes.* And about 1 in 3 people have prediabetes with blood glucose levels higher than normal. Diabetes in Georgia — as with the nation — is also more common in rural and suburban areas, and among African-Americans.


Even though diabetes is a lifelong condition, you can live a healthy life by taking action. November is National Diabetes Month, so it’s a great time to assess and discuss your risk with your doctor. Whether you’re newly diagnosed, have been living with it for some time, or simply want to prevent it, there are steps you can take every day.


4 ways you can manage diabetes


1. Choose healthy food


Making smart food choices can improve your mood and help you manage your weight. Try eating smaller portion sizes and eat high-fiber foods to keep you fuller longer. Set yourself up for success by keeping healthy choices like fruit and pre-cut vegetables available and visible in your home so you reach for the smarter meal or snack. And bring a healthy meal to work or a pot luck.


2. Exercise regularly


Physical activity can help you manage your weight and lower your blood sugar. Work toward a goal of 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity every day. Go for a walk with a friend or your family. Or try something new, like a bike ride or outdoor yoga class.


3. Take your prescribed diabetes medication


Taking your prescribed medication is an important part of managing your health. Get familiar with your medications – know your prescription name, dosage, and how the medication affects you. Having trouble remembering to take your doses on time? Consider using a pill box with the days of the week or download an app on your phone to remind you.


4. Keep your blood sugar in target range


Work with your doctor to understand your appropriate blood sugar and A1C (average blood sugar over a 3-month period) ranges. Knowing where your blood sugar should be will help you monitor and manage it.


Resources to help you take charge


You aren’t alone in managing your diabetes — your doctor is with you every step of the way. And we have various resources to help you take charge of your health — from our preventing diabetes classes to our treatments for diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease).


Visit to learn more about the basics of living healthier with diabetes.


*American Diabetes Association, accessed September 26, 2018.


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