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How to prevent diabetes!

Angela Ginn-Meadow, RD, LDN, CDE | 11/17/2017, 6 a.m.
Prediabetes A Growing Problem— Did you know that one in three Marylanders has what’s known as prediabetes? Having prediabetes means ...
For people with prediabetes, the three keys to preventing it from developing into full-blown diabetes are to lose weight; get active; and to eat better. The University of Maryland Medical Center offers the National Diabetes Prevention Program, a free lifestyle change program to help prevent diabetes. For more information, call 410-328-8402 or visit: umm.edu/community. Courtesy Photo/UMMC

The next thing is to get active. Aim for 150 minutes of exercise per week. That’s roughly 20 minutes every day, or 30 minutes five days a week. Exercise can be doing something fun. It doesn’t have to mean joining a gym or training for a marathon. It can mean taking a daily walk or doing something you enjoy such as roller-skating, dancing or playing a sport.

The final step is to make sure you are eating well. Cut back on the soda. Eat more fruits and vegetables.

Free Diabetes Prevention Help Is Available— Free or low-cost diabetes prevention programs are available to Marylanders who have been diagnosed with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Enrolling in a program gives you access to a team of diabetes experts who can help you get on track and stay on track to prevent this disease. A diabetes prevention program can help you avoid complications because it is hard to reel them back once you have them.

Angela Ginn-Meadow, RD, LDN, CDE, is a senior diabetes education coordinator at the University of Maryland Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology at the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, 827 Linden Ave. To reach her office, call: 410-328-8402.