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Managing Diabetes

September 12, 2019

(Music) Announcer: Welcome to Your Health with Joan Lunden. Presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Joan Lunden: Hi, I’m Joan Lunden. Diabetes is a growing epidemic in this country, affecting more than 29 million people. The management of diabetes can be overwhelming to some. I’m joined by Dr. Ann Albright, director of the CDC’s division of diabetes translation, who lives with diabetes every day and has to manage it. What’s the hardest part, Ann, of managing diabetes? Ann Albright: Well I’ve lived with diabetes most of my life, and it absolutely take effort to live with diabetes. You have to pay attention to your food and being active, and taking your medications, but everything that you do to manage it is worth it. Joan Lunden: You really have to kind of embrace the lifestyle, right? But one in three Americans may develop this at some point in their lives, but there are things you can do to lessen your chances of getting Type 2, and just to make living with diabetes easier. Walk us through some of those. Ann Albright: In taking care of your diabetes, it really is critical that you are establishing healthy lifestyle habits, eating healthy, certainly getting less sugar and salt, being active, being physically active, working closely with your healthcare provider. Be sure to take your medicines as prescribed, and certainly check your blood sugar regularly. It’s absolutely critical as well that you get diabetes self-management education. That’s really the key to learning to live well with diabetes. Joan Lunden: And you say everyone needs to know their ABC’s, what are those? Ann Albright: The A1C is a Blood Test that lets you see how your blood sugar control has been over the last couple months. You also need to get your blood pressure checked. You need to get your cholesterol checked, and certainly stop smoking and never start if you haven’t. Joan Lunden: But really important you should try to find the support of an educator in a group like the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program, and involve your family as well, right? Ann Albright: Absolutely, you need to be sure your family’s involved, and that they also get the support that they need. Joan Lunden: Alright, Ann, thank you so much. It is a team effort, and that does include family and friends. And there are also wonderful diabetes educators, and online support groups to help you keep on track. I’m Joan Lunden, Thanks for joining us. Announcer: Sponsored by NACDD with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visit (music)

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