It’s no secret that health disparities exist, and the Black community faces some unique challenges when it comes to diabetes. Socioeconomic factors, limited access to healthcare, and historical injustices have all contributed to a higher prevalence of diabetes within this community.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black adults are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes compared to white adults. This startling statistic underscores the urgent need for preventative measures.
Accelerate towards well-being: Tips for diabetes management
Imagine your body as a finely tuned machine that requires regular maintenance to function at its best. Just as we change the oil in our cars to prevent engine damage, taking steps to prevent diabetes involves making healthy choices to keep our bodies running smoothly. There are plenty of lifestyle shifts that can help with managing and even avoiding diabetes.
A balanced diet filled with colorful fruits, veggies, and whole grains, provides your body with the nutrients it needs, helping to maintain stable blood sugar levels. Staying active through regular exercise not only boosts your energy but also helps your body use insulin more effectively, a key player in diabetes management. Regular check-ups with healthcare professionals allow them to monitor your health and catch any warning signs early, making it easier to prevent diabetes or manage it successfully.
Navigating your path
Managing diabetes effectively involves a combination of techniques to keep blood sugar levels in check. One crucial aspect is regular blood glucose monitoring, where individuals use a small device to measure their blood sugar multiple times a day. This allows you to make informed decisions on glucose management.
Sticking to prescribed medication schedules is vital for some people who require insulin or oral medications to regulate blood sugar.
Lifestyle adjustments play a significant role in both diabetes prevention and management. Choosing complex carbs like whole grains, along with plenty of fruits and vegetables, can help stabilize blood sugar levels. Staying physically active helps with weight management and improves insulin sensitivity. Getting enough sleep and managing stress contribute to diabetes control as well.
Top tips for managing diabetes for Black adults:
- Keep blood sugar levels in check
- Try a blood glucose monitoring device
- Maintain medications and stick to your schedule
- Health diet containing whole grains, fruits and vegetable
- Staying physically active
- Weight management
- Get enough sleep
- Managing stress
Clearing the road ahead: effective strategies for managing diabetes
Managing diabetes can be a challenge but there are effective strategies to navigate around obstacles and get the care you deserve. Seeking out community health clinics, low-cost or sliding-scale options, and government assistance programs that provide financial support for medical services can make it easier to find affordable care.
Additionally, finding inclusive and culturally competent care is essential. Look for healthcare providers who understand and respect your cultural background, as this can lead to better communication and understanding of your unique needs.
Joining local support groups and utilizing online resources can also provide a sense of community and valuable information.
Included Health can connect you with leading primary care doctors and specialists who have experience working with the Black community and can understand your unique diabetes care needs. Our care coordinators are ready to answer your questions and address your concerns from accessing health insurance coverage and financial assistance to understanding your diagnosis and developing healthier lifestyle habits.
Take the wheel to wellness
You are the driver of your health journey. Collaborate with your healthcare team to set goals, create a personalized diabetes management plan, and track your progress.
Your active involvement is key to successful diabetes management. Your voice matters. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, express concerns, or seek clarification during medical appointments. Being an advocate for your health ensures that your needs are addressed effectively.
Stay on track: preventive care for your diabetes
Remember, each step you take towards preventative care is a stride towards a healthier future. Preventative care, coupled with self-advocacy and staying informed, is the roadmap for success in diabetes prevention and management. Embrace this month as an opportunity to raise awareness, empower yourself, and pave the way for a brighter, healthier future.
About the author
Sasha Charlemagne (she/they)
Sasha Charlemagne (she/they) is the Associate Brand Copywriter at Included Health. Sasha has been a writer for more than five years. Much of her writing, personally and professionally, has focused on LGBTQ+ advocacy, public health, and women’s rights.