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HHS HealthBeat (December 12, 2012)

Diabetes, 24-7


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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

You don’t get days off from diabetes. It has to be managed constantly, and not just by monitoring your blood sugar and taking medication appropriately. At the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Director Griffin Rodgers says a lot of goal-setting is involved.  He says there are goals about what you can eat – and, more importantly, can’t – whether you are controlling your weight, and whether you are being physically active.

“People with diabetes can’t take a vacation from diabetes. They need to make decisions to manage their diabetes 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

People without diabetes can manage, too. Some of those same lifestyle decisions, such as being active and keeping your weight and eating patterns healthy, can help to prevent diabetes.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: December 11, 2012