Healthy Fontana e-Newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 7

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November 2020  |  Volume 1, Issue 7

November is American Diabetes Month

Diabetes is a long lasting disease that affects the way the body converts the food we eat into energy. In people without diabetes, the pancreas is able to produce enough insulin and the body uses it efficiently. Insulin is a hormone that helps control blood sugar.

There are 3 types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational. Individuals with type 1 are not able to produce insulin and need to inject themselves daily with the hormone. People living with type 2 diabetes results from their body's inability to effectively use insulin. Most people with this type is a result of too much body weight and not enough activity. Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnant women and can cause complications during pregnancy.







"Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke, and lower limb amputation."

There are many complications when it comes to diabetes. However, there are also many ways you can prevent and treat the disease. 

Getting a diagnosis of diabetes is not an end all, be all. There are many steps you can take to prevent the onset of diabetes, as well as treat the disease if diagnosed. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy diet that avoids or limits the intake of too much sugar and saturated fats, regular activity of at least 30 minutes of regular to moderate intensity physical activity, and avoiding the use of tobacco are ways you can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

If diagnosed, people living with diabetes can avoid severe consequences of the disease like blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, and more, by remembering to get screened regularly and receiving treatment for any complications.  Other ways to help control symptoms related to the disease include keeping one's blood pressure under control and taking care of one's feet including good hygiene and appropriate footwear.

The CDC warns that having type 2 diabetes can increase your risk of being severely ill from COVID-19. 

Currently, the CDC suggest taking action to keep diabetes under control as they have seen that having diabetes may increase one's risk of becoming severely sick from COVID-19. If you have diabetes, the CDC suggest making sure to continue any diabetes medication and insulin and have a supply for at least 30 days, keeping track of your blood sugar results, and follow your provider's instructions if you do not feel well.


Know the facts about coronavirus

The World Health Organization reminds everyone that one of the best ways to protect yourself against COVID-19 is to know the facts. For example, any one can catch COVID-19, no matter what the weather is like outside. And, colder weather cannot kill the virus.

Aside from being informed, some of the best ways to protect yourself and others around you is by making sure to clean your hands thoroughly and often. And, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.



Pumpkin Oatmeal


1 cup rolled oats

1 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup milk or milk substitute

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1/4 cup raisins

1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice

2 teaspoons honey, maple syrup, or other sweetener (optional)


1. Heat water over medium heat in a skillet until bubbly. This should take ~3-5 minutes.

2. Stir in oats. Cover and lower heat to low.

3. Cook oats until thick, ~5 minutes. Lift lid and stir every 1-2 minutes.

4. Stir in milk and remaining ingredients.

5. Cook oats for an additional 3-4 minutes.

6. Enjoy!

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