Each issue, WebMD the Magazine's "Health Highlights" focuses on a national health theme for the month with expert tips, reader comments, and eye-catching factoids. November is Diabetes Awareness month. Follow these tips to stay at your peak!
Tips from Adrian Vella, MD, endocrinologist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
Use the web or your smartphone to help you manage what you eat. Online tools can help you keep track of your calorie consumption, aid in meal planning, and provide important nutrition information to help you make healthy choices.
Get a pedometer. People with diabetes need to exercise. For many of my patients, that means walking. Set a goal.
Tips from Deborah J. Wexler, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, and co-clinical director, Massachusetts General Hospital Diabetes Unit.
Diabetes can be discouraging. You may feel sad, anxious, or depressed for no apparent reason. Get support, and you will be better able to meet the challenges.
Portion control is key. Plate the amount of food you intend to eat, and don't go back for seconds.