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Press Release Archive (2016)

November is National Diabetes Month

Diabetes doesn't stop

It is 24/7, 365 days a year

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects almost every part of your body and can shorten your life. Some complications you can get because of diabetes are kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, eye disease, and having to have a leg or foot amputated. If you already have diabetes, you can still do a lot to keep from getting complications from diabetes.

Here are some important steps you can take to control diabetes:

  • Talk to your doctor about how to manage your blood sugar level, your blood pressure, and your cholesterol levels.
  • Stop or don't start smoking or using any kind of tobacco.
  • Do what you can to keep from getting sick. If you have diabetes, you are more likely to get sick and you may get sicker than a person without diabetes. Also, when you're sick, it's hard to keep your blood sugar under control. The CDC shares some things you can do to improve your chances of staying well.
  • Get a flu shot. A person with diabetes is more likely to get really sick or even die from pneumonia or the flu (influenza) than a person who doesn't have diabetes. Don't ever use someone else's insulin pen or any other device that draws blood. You can get a virus from the other person if you do. Visit the One and Only Campaign website.
  • Stay at a weight that's healthy for you.
  • Make sure you are physically active. Physical activity can help you control your weight, blood sugar, and blood pressure, as well as raise your "good" cholesterol and lower your "bad" cholesterol.
  • Do something like walking quickly, gardening, dancing, jogging, or jumping rope at least 150 minutes a week to get yourself moving.
  • At least two days a week, also do other kinds of activity to make your muscles stronger.

Learn more about Lowell General Hospital's Diabetes Management Center and our  A Full Circle Approach to Diabetes Prevention and Treatment

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