The most important thing you can do if you have diabetes, is educate yourself about the disease. There are some excellent resources available. Start with the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) sponsored by the National Institute of Health. http://ndep.nih.gov/ . In addition to information about diabetes and other resources, you can order free pamphlets about controlling your diabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes. Information is available in English and Spanish.
Another resource is the American Diabetes Association, http://www.diabetes.org/. There is information about food, fitness and medications.
Most American are aware that being overweight and physically inactive increases the risk for type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, that awareness does not translate into action. The NDEP was created to provide tools and resources to help people be proactive in preventing and controlling diabetes. If you have a family history of diabetes, had gestational diabetes and/or are overweight, you are at risk. Take action. Check out the NDEP website and educate yourself.
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