February is almost here, which means it’s almost American Heart Month. With heart disease being the number one killer among both men and women in the US, it’s time to start taking action. Individuals with diabetes are at an even greater risk for developing this deadly condition. In fact, a person with diabetes has as great a risk of suffering a heart attack as an individual who has already had a previous heart attack. However, maintaining healthy blood glucose levels is key in protecting your heart and fighting against this disease.
Former professional basketball player and Hall of Fame member Dominique Wilkins, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes one year after retirement, understands the importance of managing your diabetes. As an athlete, he understands the need for a team approach, whether you are on the court or taking care of your own health. When it comes to diabetes, forming your own winning team is essential for success. As Dominique points out, you need to have all of the major players on your team, including your physician, dietitian, personal trainer, and even your family members and social network. Diabetes isn’t a condition that should manage on your own. Utilizing each of your team members is vital to achieving the best health possible.
With this in mind, Dominique has helped to create the Diabetes Dream Team (diabetesdreamteam.com), a great resource with tips and tricks to helping you take control on your blood glucose levels. As you work towards better glucose management, make sure that you work on assembling your own dream team. See your physician regularly. Work with your dietitian to help plan your meals and balance your glucose levels. Seek out the help of a personal trainer to increase your daily physical activity. And don’t forget to enlist your family and friends as your cheerleaders to keep you motivated along the way. Managing diabetes is a journey, not a destination. But with the right dream team on hand, you can gain the best control possible and allow yourself to live a long and healthy life.