Health Congregational Nursing Ministry
The Health-Congregational Nursing Ministry of FMBC promotes good health by providing information and education on good nutrition, proper exercise, rest, and health related activities. Congregational Nursing consists of registered (RN) and licensed practitioner nurses (LPN) who share their skills in promoting holistic health and ministry.
Diabetes Awareness Month
November is American Diabetes Month. This month we rally against the diabetes epidemic. Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. Your body breaks down most of the food you eat into sugar (glucose) and releases it into your bloodstream. When your blood sugar goes up, it signals your pancreas to release insulin. Insulin acts like a key to let the blood sugar into your body’s cells for use as energy.
With diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use it as well as it should. When there isn’t enough insulin or cells stop responding to insulin, too much blood sugar stays in your bloodstream. Over time, that can cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease.
There isn’t a cure yet for diabetes, but losing weight, eating healthy food, and being active can really help. Other things you can do to help:
Take medicine as prescribed.
Make and keep health care appointments.
Facts About Diabetes:
* 1.4 million people will be diagnosed with diabetes this year.
* In 2019, diabetes was the direct cause of 1.5 million deaths and 48% of all deaths due to diabetes
occurred before the age of 70 years.
* There are ways you can manage your diabetes—through diet, exercise, medical support and emotional help.
Facts About Diabetes: Facts About Diabetes | Johns Hopkins Medicine
Calling All Types: Eat Well and Move
No matter if you live with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, diet and exercise are two of the most powerful tools you have. Not only do they help you control your blood glucose, but they can mean the difference between feeling run down and feeling great.
New diets can feel restrictive and there is no one-size-fits-all diet. While you need to make changes in what and how much you eat, you have access to plenty of guidance. Start with an ADA-approved cookbook and remember to:
Eat a variety of foods, including vegetables, whole grains, fruits, non-fat dairy foods, healthy fats, and lean meats or meat substitutes
Try not to eat too much food
Try not to eat too much of one type of food
Space your meals evenly throughout the day
Avoid skipping meals
Another part of living a full and healthy life with diabetes is being active. No matter what you do or how you approach it, know that any type of physical activity helps lower your blood glucose. Other benefits of physical activity include:
Having more energy
Keeping your joints flexible
Lowering your risk for heart disease and stroke
Too many Americans with diabetes suffer discrimination, health inequality, and high health care costs. The ADA fights for your right to affordable medications and so much more. Through proper diet and exercise, you can reduce your chance of getting diabetes.
For more information about Diabetes, visit: Diabetes Awareness Month
Dr. Audrey Kizzie Health Congregational Nursing Ministry Coordinator