Doing the little things to manage diabetes
In a recent blog about type 2 diabetes, “Why Should We Care About Diabetes?,” Michael Segal, Co-founder and CEO of wHealthy Solutions, brings up an important point when it comes to awareness and how to fight diabetes, saying, Diabetes is hurting people both at the personal and the national levels. What is interesting in this statement is not the fact that diabetes has become a national problem today, but that this national problem can be battled on the home front — in our own homes. Until now, solutions have been passed off in hopeful sayings such as, “If we all pitched in” or “little things make the biggest difference,” but what are we really doing to battle diabetes? And is it enough? Segal makes us aware of those little things that we could be doing to potentially prevent the onset of diabetes (and, lo and behold, all it takes are little things). He does a great job of spreading the responsibility to all levels of the community, but focusing on each and every one of us (after all, no one is immune to this disease). Some of his larger points include: What can be done on a national level:
- Corporations can offer larger discounts on health care premiums for those who comply with corporate health care program requirements such as getting the necessary testing, and enrolling in various wellness programs.
- Food producers can replace unhealthy additives and ingredients in foods.
- Health care providers can motivate individuals to get tested for diabetes (especially those that have a higher risk of being diagnosed) and offer incentives for doing wellness programs targeted at pre-diabetics.
- By being more aware of simple lifestyle changes, many of us can act now and prevent future problems down the line.
- While restaurants can help by offering alternative options, individuals can be proactive and find those restaurants that have those options.
- Families can help each other by taking action at early stages
- Parents, you can teach your children healthy lifestyle habits at an early age
- Spouses, you can help to keep each other accountable for diet and exercise.
- Families can work together developing their own healthy programs that encourage a healthier lifestyle.