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* EDITOR’S LETTER


Welcome to Take Charge!


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30.3 million Americans have diabe- tes, 84.1 million adults ages 18 years and older have prediabetes — and the numbers continue to rise. If diabetes is affecting you or a loved one, we trust you’ll fi nd Take Charge! Living With, Preventing & Stopping Diabetes a reliable re- source (along with your healthcare providers) for helping to manage the disease and avoid its complications. If your family concern is prediabetes, the good news is you may be able to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. When you fi nd keeping your blood sugar in check challenging, having a healthy lifestyle — which includes eating healthfully, ex- ercising regularly, reducing your stress level and working with your healthcare team — can assist you in achieving your goals (“Take Charge of Your Health”).


Studies show that a Mediterra- nean diet, featuring an abundance of fruits and vegetables, limited red meat, more fi sh, and olive oil as the primary source of fat, may play a role in glycemic control and in the prevention of cardiovascular disease (“Go Mediterranean”). If you cannot fi nd the time to exercise, do make an effort — for the sake of your health (“Move Toward Fitness”). Begin by working physi- cal activity into your day gradually.


Every movement counts, whether you’re parking further from the store to fi t in an extra walk or choos- ing the stairs over the elevator whenever you can. How about riding a bike? Finding a fun sport? Inviting a friend to join you at an exercise class? You’re more likely to stick to a regi- men that you actually enjoy. Getting a move-on also matters when it comes to your blood pres- sure. Since having diabetes puts you at higher risk for a heart attack or stroke, controlling your blood pressure is essential (“Keep It Down!”). Exercise has been proven to reduce resting blood pressure. Monitoring your intake of sodium and alcohol, not smoking and keep- ing your blood sugar in check are also important blood pressure man- aging measures. Taking charge of diabetes often requires consulting more than one provider (“Teamwork”), as diabe- tes affects multiple organ systems. Your healthcare team may include a diabetes educator, family physician, podiatrist, an ophthalmologist and an endocrinologist. There’s much more in this issue


of Take Charge! Also, be sure to visit takechargemag.com, and sign up for our digital magazines to ac- cess anytime, anywhere, from your preferred device. Enjoy Take Charge! and let us hear from you: em@cwpg.com.


Elaine Marotta Editor-in-Chief/VP Publishing Operations


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