Science is increasingly uncovering new ways to reverse diabetes, a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar, and which has more than doubled in prevalence over the past 20 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Scientists are also increasingly aware of who’s most at risk for the disease: According to a new study looking at the demographics of diabetes in this country, the highest risk can be found among racial and ethnic minorities, people with low incomes or lower educational levels, and people living in rural areas. In one scary finding, the research, which was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, showed that across the country, women with diabetes were at a higher risk of foregoing medical care.
If you’re among the more than 29 million Americans or 8.5 percent of the global population with the disease, you absolutely can live a healthy, happy life—if you take care of yourself and follow certain diabetes guidelines.
Whether you’ve just been diagnosed or have been managing the disease your whole life, this handy infographic from Vitality spells out the absolute must-dos for optimum diabetes care. Follow it exactly to minimize diabetes complications and achieve your best quality of life. And don’t miss these simple tricks for living well with diabetes—from people who have it.
Courtesy Tips for Living Well from Vitality