November is American Diabetes Month! According to the CDC, “Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it’s not controlled.” Stay on top of your health and schedule an appointment at PHC, we provide general medical and preventive care as well as chronic disease management.

Lifestyle habits can affect your general health and your diabetes management. Make a difference this month and try and commit to a new healthy habit! Here are some ideas:

Get More Sleep- Not enough sleep can increase insulin resistance, meaning your body requires more insulin to get glucose into your cells-leading to high blood pressure.

Drink More Water- Dehydration can make you feel tired and headachy. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger which can cause you to eat more! Calories consumed in liquids are empty calories and do not satisfy your hunger. Quench your thirst with water, then eat food if you are hungry.

Inspect Feet Weekly- Familiarize yourself with your feet and how they normally look! That way, if something changes you will notice quickly. When checking your feet notice how easily you can see the bottoms. If it is hard to get to the bottoms, you can use a mirror which allows less effort.

Floss Once A Day- Periodontal gum disease can negatively affect your diabetes control. Practicing good oral hygiene, can go a long way toward preventing periodontal disease.

Try a New Fruit or Vegetable- Fruits and Veggies offer numerous nutrition benefits.

Schedule an appointment with a PHC provider today! It is important to stay on top of your health by making sure you are getting your regular checkups. Find a location near you

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