Preventing & Managing Diabetes

Nearly 30 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes, costing up to $245 billion each year in direct medical expenses and lost productivity. The good news is that in most cases, this disease is preventable.

Maintaining a healthy weight is a key to avoiding diabetes. In fact, people who are obese have 100 times the risk of developing diabetes compared to those with a healthy weight. And people who already have the condition can achieve real improvements in their health by making better choices.

Relying on authoritative, up-to-date guidance provided by the foremost health experts at Harvard Medical School, you can help your employees make healthier lifestyle choices that can lead to the prevention and management of this costly disease.

What is diabetes, and what are its different types? We provide easy-to-understand definitions of the condition, in all of its forms.

Diabetes Mellitus Overview

Obesity and Diabetes

Signs of Pre-Diabetes

Breaking the Pre-diabetes-to-Diabetes Cycle

Target Blood Sugar Levels for Pre-diabetes

Reducing the Risk

Reducing the Risk

The vast majority of new diabetes cases—as many as 95 percent—are Type 2 diabetes. This disease may be triggered by a wide range of risk factors, including obesity, age, and family history. More than 79 million Americans may have pre-diabetes, a condition marked by high blood sugar, which can easily lead to permanent Type 2 diabetes.

Our extensive health content solution suite includes relevant lifestyle information that will support consumers in taking charge of their health. By making smarter decisions, both pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes can be prevented.

Dieting Toward Prevention

Type 2 diabetes is a preventable condition closely related to obesity, meaning diet plays a key role in keeping the disease at bay. What’s more, losing just 5 - 10% of body weight can help consumers better manage the condition if its already been diagnosed.

Physicians and researchers from Harvard Medical School offer practical and easy-to-adopt advice and nutrition tips to help consumer avoid developing Type 2 diabetes, or to better manage their existing condition.

Managing Calories

Keeping sugar in check is easy when people develop a taste for healthy foods. We provide clear, definitive guidance on weight management based on the most up-to-date nutrition science.

Specific Foods

How much fiber is enough? Are sugar substitutes a good idea? Our experts separate myth from fact when it comes to the diabetes-preventing foods consumers should be eating.

Exercise: The Best Medicine

Exercise: The Best Medicine

Exercise is medicine, and there’s data to prove it: According to a recent study, exercise is as effective as drugs in preventing death from diseases like type 2 diabetes. With expert guidance from Harvard Medical School physicians, consumers can easily incorporate healthy, preventive activities as part of their daily routine in support of a healthy lifestyle.

Managing Diabetes

According to recent data, prevention and self-care work in successfully managing the impact of diabetes. The rates of health complications resulting from the disease have dropped dramatically since 1990, and heart attacks alone have declined by nearly 70 percent. Our Harvard Medical School physicians offer practical advice on the self-care strategies that can help reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes and its complications.

Pre-Diabetes and Its implications

Pre-Diabetes and Reducing Diabetes Risk

Keeping Blood Sugar in Check

When it comes to preventing and managing diabetes, maintaining a “tight” level of blood sugar is the first step. Our experts provide evidence-based guidance on the most effective strategies for keeping blood sugar in check

Addressing Symptoms

A wide range of complications often accompanies a diabetes diagnosis. Luckily, many of these complications can be easily managed —or even avoided—with patient education and adherence to self-care strategies. We deliver actionable up-to-date insights to help consumers manage the most common diabetic complications, or avoid these complications altogether.

Managing Medications

When lifestyle changes aren’t enough, medications can help people with Type 2 diabetes manage symptoms and keep sugar under control. Adherence is key: one study showed significantly higher hospitalization rates among diabetic patients who didn’t adhere to their medication regimen.

Our experts provide reliable information on the medication choices and strategies most likely to achieve healthy results.

Living Well With Diabetes

Living Well With Diabetes

With a proactive approach and simple lifestyle changes, people with Type 2 diabetes can enjoy a healthier tomorrow. We provide easy-to-adopt strategies to help people with diabetes better manage their care and live a full and productive life.

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