Did you know that more than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes? According to the CDC, this number is up from the 26 million people that had this disease in 2010. Diabetes is a difficult disease to handle, especially if you do not know you have it. The CDC reports that one in four people do not know that they have diabetes. Therefore, it is very important to continue educating the public about all things diabetes, and ValueMags can help you do this with a free subscription to Diabetes Self-Management.

Diabetes is a difficult disease for multiple reasons. One of which is the impact it can have on overall health, especially if it is not managed correctly. According to the CDC, risk of death for adults with diabetes is fifty percent higher than those who do not have diabetes. Similarly, diabetes can lead to an increased risk for other health problems, such as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, and stroke, among others.

Knowing these facts, it is easy to see why it is so important to learn about diabetes and how to manage it. This becomes even more important when considering that 86 million people—that’s more than one in three people—have prediabetes. That said, let’s explore some of the ways you can prevent or delay diabetes and ways to manage it if you are diagnosed.

The most basic advice when it comes to preventing and managing diabetes is to take care of yourself. This means be as active as you can be, from walking more places to exercising multiple times a week. This also means eat as healthy as you can—fruits and vegetables are a good way to go, as Diabetes Self-Management reports that a recent study suggests that a diet high in vegetables and fruits and low in sugars and white bread may help if you have diabetes. And, if you do not, eating a healthy diet like this can help decrease your chances of developing diabetes altogether.

Overall, managing diabetes is not an easy thing, but being educated about the disease, whether you currently have it or not, can increase your likelihood of preventing the disease or developing other serious health conditions if you already have diabetes. To further your education and get helpful tips and articles on all things diabetes-related, download your free digital subscription of Diabetes Self-Management from ValueMags today!