November is National Diabetes Awareness month. Shape Your Future, a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), is providing Oklahomans with tools and tips to combat diabetes, a leading cause of death in the United States.

In the past 20 years, the rate of Oklahomans living with diabetes has tripled, according to the press release. This chronic disease affects more than 330,000 people in the state every single day, and Oklahoma has the 5th highest diabetes death rate in the country.

“Making just one healthy change, like drinking one less sugary drink per day, is a great first step towards a life without diabetes,” said Lindsey Martin, TSET Healthy Living Program Coordinator serving Rogers County. “Swapping out high-calorie, fatty foods for fresh and healthy foods also goes a long way.”

Small changes like being more conscious of the food eaten is just one way to lower the risk. Being tobacco-free, getting the appropriate amount of sleep each night and increasing daily physical activity are all effective steps to reduce the risk of diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is most commonly seen in adults and children who are inactive and overweight. This form of diabetes occurs when the body can no longer produce insulin properly to support the body in the best way possible. Luckily, type 2 diabetes is preventable and manageable just by making healthy lifestyle changes.

Getting active with family each day is an important step towards living a healthier, diabetes-free lifestyle. Find tons of inspiration to help move more – and make it fun – at ShapeYourFutureOK.com. Quick and healthy meal plans, shopping lists, recipes and more free tools for better health can be found on the website.

Shape Your Future is committed to helping Oklahomans make lifestyle changes for better health. By being aware of the causes of type 2 diabetes, anyone is empowered to participate in preventive activities to build a better future.

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