Many people resolve to live healthier in the New Year. But, for people with diabetes, meeting that goal presents a number of challenges.
University of South Carolina clinical pharmacy professor Betsy Blake told South Carolina Radio Network that what you eat and how active you are play a big role.
“Making healthier choices with your foods and beverages and your exercise,” Blake said, listing tips for healthier living. “Eating a balanced diet throughout the day, keeping your metabolism at a nice steady rate and eating healthier choices where the bulk of your meal is non-starchy vegetables that fill you up.”
Eating right and exercising regularly will help with weight control. “Also making sure you maintain a healthy weight. We tell people that every five pounds they lose makes a huge difference in their ability to manage the sugar in their body,” Blake said.
She said motivation is a positive factor for individuals with diabetes. However, they may need help to overcome deeply-ingrained habits and set themselves up for success in the new year.
According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), one in eight adults and one in four seniors in the state has diabetes. The cost of diabetes care in South Carolina is expected to rise to $4 billion per year in 2020, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.