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  • Writer's pictureMaria C Colon-Gonzalez

The care for people with diabetes requires more than meds

Updated: Jan 17

A lot of the time, living with diabetes can seem like a death sentence. Diabetes affects not only physical health but also the financial, emotional, and social health of those living with the illness. As always, there are simple steps people with diabetes can take to reduce their blood sugar level and free themselves from the many consequences of the disease.

Did you know people with diabetes have approximately 2.3 times higher medical expenditures than those without diabetes?

  • According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diagnosed diabetes incur average medical expenditures of $16,752 per year, of which about $9,601 is attributed to diabetes.

Diabetes care not only costs money, but it also costs time. Did you know?...

  • The estimated time needed daily for recommended diabetes self-care was ~4 hours for adults and >5 hours for children.

Living with diabetes also has a cost on the emotional health of people.

  • Fatigue and anxiety are direct consequences of abnormal blood sugar levels.

  • Diabetes Distress can become even more burdensome and negatively affect self-care capacity.

If you are a person living with diabetes and want to regain control of your health beyond medications, here are some simple steps to consider.

  1. Eliminate artificial sweeteners. Their use can affect your brain health and increase plaque formation. Instead, eat fresh fruits and use honey or agave sparingly.

  2. Consume 5 grams of fiber in each meal, ideally from vegetables. But also remember your nuts and avocados.

  3. Develop a sense of purpose. Why do you want to live longer? Why do you want to live disease-free?

Since I understand professional women living with Type 2 Diabetes need community and support, I have created a collective called Ladies in Action Reversing Type 2 Diabetes.

Do you know of someone living with diabetes? If you do, share this content with them and help them regain health control.

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