Healthy living benefits your well-being and your wallet. North Dakota and Minnesota may be ranked as lower-risk states for diabetes, but it’s always a good idea to stay healthy through proper diet and exercise. Eating healthy and getting enough exercise can be key to avoiding chronic diseases such as diabetes. Now is the perfect time to keep healthy habits in mind, as November is American Diabetes Month.
According to the American Diabetes Association, medical expenses for people with diabetes are 2.3 times higher than those without diabetes. The estimated total economic cost of diagnosed diabetes in 2012 was $245 billion, a 41 percent increase from 2007. There are numerous benefits to living a healthy life — and avoiding diabetes is one of them. To live a long life free of the health complications and costs associated with diabetes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests:
- Losing a small amount of weight (5-7 percent of total body weight) through 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week and healthier eating.
- Eating a variety of foods low in fat and reducing the number of calories eaten per day.
To learn more about healthy eating, visit the American Diabetes Association’s America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes page at www.diabetesforecast.org.
There are many simple ways to fit more physical activity into your day:
- Park your car further away from stores and the office.
- Use TV breaks to stretch, take a quick walk around your home, or do other exercises.
- Involve friends and family and pick an activity everyone enjoys.
- Walk during your lunch break.
- Deliver a message to a co-worker in person instead of by email.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
For more information and tips on increasing physical activity, visit the National Institutes of Health National Diabetes Education Program page at http://ndep.nih.gov/publications/PublicationDetail.aspx?PubId=76#page2. Following these simple steps can help you stay healthy, happy and live a longer life.