This National Diabetes Month, Make a Change to Live Well: The NDEP Can Help You Take Small Steps for Better Health

Living with diabetes or knowing you are at risk for type 2 diabetes is not easy. It’s common to feel overwhelmed, sad or angry – especially if you struggle to make positive lifestyle changes that just don’t seem to stick for very long.

Even if you know what to do to improve your health, it is figuring out how to do it and fitting it into your daily routine that can present the biggest challenge.

This November, during National Diabetes Month, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is providing tools and resources to help people make a plan to stay healthy and take important steps to reach their health goals.

Making changes step by step – such as losing a small amount of weight and becoming more active – can go a long way toward helping you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Losing even 10 to 15 pounds – if you weigh 200 pounds – can make a big difference in helping you prevent type 2 diabetes. If you have diabetes, making these same types of changes can help you reach your blood sugar (glucose) and blood pressure goals to prevent diabetes-related health problems.

GETTING STARTED

So how do you get started making changes in how you care for your health? It’s a matter of trying and learning. It’s all about choosing a goal that’s right for you and working toward it. Making a plan and taking the first step, even if it’s a small step, can help you reach your goal.

NDEP offers these tips for making a plan and taking small, but important, steps to help you reach your health goal:

  1. Think about what is important to you and your health.
  2. What changes are you willing and able to make?
  3. Choose one goal to work on first. Start this week. Pick one change you can start to make immediately.
  4. Don’t give up. It’s common to run into some problems along the way. If things don’t go as planned, think about other ways to reach your goal.

Once you have your plan in place, the NDEP can provide you with a number of tools to help you meet your health goal. Whether you are looking to make healthy food choices, be more active, manage your weight, cope better with stress and emotions or stop smoking, you can find tools to help.

This November, make a change to live well at www.YourDiabetesInfo.org.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the support of more than 200 partner organizations, including AACE. NDEP is celebrating its 15th year improving outcomes for people with diabetes, promoting earlier diagnosis and preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes.