The American Heart Association wants the public to “Get in the K.N.O.W.” about type 2 diabetes with American Idol Judge Randy Jackson. Below is a youtube video of Randy Jackson talking about his part in the campaign to raise awareness about the disease.
K.N.O.W stands for…
Keeping active and maintaining a healthy body weight.
A healthy body weight can reduce the risk for high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure, which are common risk factors for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death among people with diabetes. Work with a healthcare provider to determine the level and type of exercise that’s right for you.Normalizing your critical health numbers.
Schedule regular visits with your healthcare provider to help monitor your critical health numbers (blood sugar, blood pressure and blood cholesterol). By learning to carefully monitor and keep track of your numbers, you should be able to better manage the disease.Opting for a healthy lifestyle.
Opt to make healthy, balanced food choices. Reducing your consumption of saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars can help you manage your type 2 diabetes. Also, avoid tobacco smoke – people who have type 2 diabetes and smoke are three times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than nonsmokers.Working with a healthcare provider.
Speak openly and honestly with your healthcare provider and describe your symptoms. Your healthcare provider can help you develop a comprehensive treatment plan that will help you reach treatment goals and ultimately better manage your type 2 diabetes.
Together, the AHA past-president Dr. Daniel Jones and Jackson have published a webcast hoping to share more information about type 2 diabetes and diabetes management strategies. The type 2 diabetes webcast is available in audio or video formats on the iknowdiabetes.org website.