Diabetes Prevention Tips from Dr. Katheryn Jadeed of TriHealth
January 01, 0001
While there may be no cure for diabetes, a few simple lifestyle changes can go a long way in preventing the condition or managing symptoms. Partner with TriHealth to shield yourself from an epidemic that affects nearly 26 million Americans.
"Diabetes is extremely common in the United States. We think that probably has a lot to do with the skyrocketing prevalence of obesity," says Katheryn Jadeed MD, a primary care physician at Group Health – A TriHealth Physician Partner.
Cutting Your Risk
"One of the ways that we counsel people to avoid getting diabetes is to maintain a healthy weight," Dr. Jadeed explains. She recommends:
- Adopting a nutritious diet
- Maintaining a healthy weight or losing extra weight
- Getting plenty of exercise
- Knowing your family history
- Testing blood sugar levels
"There is not a particular age in which a person needs to be screened for diabetes," she points out. If you have a family history of diabetes or notice symptoms, Dr. Jadeed suggests a glucose test, which requires fasting for 10 – 12 hours prior. "For that reason, people usually like to plan their testing for in the morning before they've had breakfast."
"We usually base recommendations for screening for diabetes on an individual's risk factors … If a person's blood sugar is very high, they will often notice symptoms such as excessive thirst, urinating frequently, and sometimes excessive hunger." Other signs include fatigue or blurry vision.
Unfortunately, sometimes people with diabetes show no symptoms – even if their blood sugar levels are high. "That's one of the things that's really tricky about diabetes," she explains.
Diabetes: Managing Symptoms
For those who have already been diagnosed with diabetes, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial for managing symptoms. Weight loss – surgically or medically supervised – can offer dramatic results for people with diabetes. Learn more about weight loss options available at TriHealth Weight Management. Dr. Jadeed also suggests:
- Taking any prescribed medications regularly
- Keeping track of and limiting the amount of carbohydrates you eat
- Checking your blood sugars regularly with a Hemoglobin A1c test that measures the average amount of sugar in your blood over 3 months
"Anything, really, that's going to provide that amount of weight loss can reduce the risk for diabetes. And in a diabetic, it can really improve their sugar control – sometimes to the point where they can come off their medicines."
Last Updated: January 01, 0001