Students of DeBakey band together to pay tribute to front-line health workers in this year’s World Diabetes Day with the theme of “The Nurse and Diabetes.”
We asked the school nurse what she would recommend to prevent diabetes or rise in blood sugar levels.
“There are a lot of ways that children and adults can develop diabetes or spikes in their blood sugar levels that can put their lives at risk. However, there are also very simple steps to take to prevent it,” said the school nurse.
Her suggestions to prevent diseases like diabetes are as follows:
- Make sure to always be active. With COVID-19 restrictions these days, it might be difficult to stay active as before but brisk walking or running can really give your body a good energy boost in just 20-30 minutes.
- Cut back on sugar. If you have a sweet tooth, make sure to replace that candy bar with a healthier alternative like honey or granola.
- Don’t snack during the day. Try to limit the amount of food you consume; this will help you manage your weight and cut back on sugary cravings.
- Limit your screen time. The more time you spend on the screen, the more that you feel you need to fill your time with drinks and snacks. Now with COVID-19, try to limit yourself to your online work only, then go and enjoy some outdoor time or family time.
- Eat slowly and chew your food.
- See a dietitian. Being overweight can increase your chances of getting a number of diseases including diabetes and heart problems.