Elise Karnegis, Registered Dietitian & Diabetes Educator with Baptist Health South Florida, says she encourages her patients to get involved in the Diabetes Prevention Program, which is free for the community, or meeting with a diabetes educator one-on-one. She explains in the session, that lasts an hour to an hour and a half, doctors do an assessment, see what their needs are and what they are willing to change. L.B. Irigoyen, Exercise Physiologist with Baptist Health South Florida, explains with every pound you go down, you will get into a better category of being healthy. He says losing weight is a crucial part of managing the disease, because there has been plenty of evidence that has shown that the Body Mass Index (BMI) is correlated to diabetes.
Elise Karnegis, Registered Dietitian & Diabetes Educator with Baptist Health South Florida, says lifestyle is the key. She explains sleeping more is important to prevent diabetes, because lack of sleep causes weight gain and blood sugar problems. L.B. Irigoyen, Exercise Physiologist with Baptist Health South Florida, points out there are different things you can do to add in a little bit of movement throughout the day, such as taking the stairs, and riding a bike to go to work.
L.B. Irigoyen, Exercise Physiologist with Baptist Health South Florida, recommends picking something you will be able to sustain, no matter how simple it is. Going to the gym five times a week and eating only salads for the next two months are too much of a change at once. He says if you are inactive, try to get 20 minutes of exercise and add two vegetables throughout the week. He highlights it is important to get a goal you are able to accomplish and slowly build from there.