Education, awareness, and lifestyle changes can lead to improved outcomes
DETROIT – The prevalence of diabetes is on the rise, with over a million people in Michigan diagnosed with the disease according to the American Diabetes Association. It is estimated that an additional 239,000 Michigan residents have diabetes but do not know it, greatly increasing their health risk. While having diabetes can cause serious health concerns including heart disease, stroke, and even death, it can be managed. With education, awareness, and positive lifestyle changes, Michiganders can dramatically reduce the condition’s effect on their health.
CCA Health Michigan works with its health plan members to help them better manage their diabetes and live healthier lives. While medication is one important aspect of managing the symptoms of diabetes, nutrition and exercise play important roles, too.
“At CCA Health Michigan, we work with our members one-on-one to understand their priorities and together we develop a treatment plan that works for them,” said Linda Perkins, R.N., Director of Clinical Operations at CCA Health Michigan. “We understand the importance of tailoring our recommendations to each member so that their treatment plan is realistic and achievable. We focus not just on the condition itself, but also on each member’s motivation, mental health, mobility, food preferences, cultural values, family dynamics, and other factors that can impact their ability to manage their diabetes. We have seen this approach significantly increase the likelihood of their success.”
Along with medication prescribed by a doctor, diet and exercise adjustments like the ones listed below can go a long way in helping to manage diabetes.
Living with diabetes can take time to manage, but the good news is lifestyle changes related to diet and exercise can serve as an important tool in your healthcare toolkit. Talk with your doctor and take time to incorporate new food and exercise routines over time so you can adjust to these changes, which can increase your chances for success and better health outcomes.
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