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Take steps today to keep diabetes at bay.

You can’t see it, but you’re surrounded by a growing health threat. About 79 million Americans—more than 25 percent of the population—have prediabetes. You, a friend, or a relative might be one of them. Prediabetes increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which is linked to a variety of health problems.

November is American Diabetes Month, so it’s a good time to look at five things you can do to reduce your chances of developing prediabetes or diabetes.

Know the Risks

Certain factors make it more likely that you might become diabetic. These include:

  • A family history of diabetes
  • Ethnic and racial background
  • Being over 45 years old
  • High levels of bad cholesterol and/or low levels of good cholesterol
  • For women, experiencing diabetes during a pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

Control Your Weight

You should learn your body mass index (BMI) and see if your weight is appropriate for your age and height. You can find a BMI calculator here, and this chart indicates what weight might put you at risk for diabetes. If you’re overweight, losing just seven percent of your current weight can reduce your risk.

Avoid Certain Foods

Foods linked to diabetes include:

  • Fried foods
  • Fatty and processed meats
  • Whole milk and whole-fat dairy products
  • Lard, shortening, and margarine
  • Crackers and desserts, such as cookies, cakes, and pies
  • Candy
  • Sugary soft drinks or beverages with sugar added
  • Canned foods that are high in salt

Eat More of Healthier Foods

Foods that promote health and lower the risk of diabetes include:

  • Olive, canola, and soybean oil
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Avocadoes
  • Some fish, such as herring and salmon
  • Whole grains
  • Beans and lentils
  • Dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli
  • Fruit

Exercise

To reduce the risk of diabetes, experts recommend that you do 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least five days a week. Exercises that you can try include:

  • Brisk walking
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Strength training with weights or resistance bands

As you can see, preventing diabetes requires monitoring many parts of your health. At North Hills Hospital, we’re ready to help. If you have a health concern or need a physician referral, call 1-855-5NHILLS.

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Up until now, the residents of North Fort Worth have had to drive a long way for emergency care. In a crisis, it’s important to have fast access to care that you can trust. With our new free-standing emergency room, the ER at Alliance, we offer the same care you can expect at a hospital-based ER, but much closer to home.

How It’s the Same as a Hospital-based ER

The ER at Alliance is equipped to handle the same types of emergencies as a hospital-based ER. Like any emergency room, we’re open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, staffed with board-certified emergency physicians and specially trained nurses who are prepared to handle all types of medical crises. The ER at Alliance features on-site lab and imaging and is equipped to treat pediatric emergencies as well as adults.  

How It’s Different

When you visit the ER at Alliance, you can expect short wait times and more privacy – unlike most ERs every patient room has a door so that you can be shielded from the hustle and bustle outside. Your family members can enjoy a brand-new waiting room equipped with amenities such as free Wi-Fi and a gourmet coffee bar.  Since the ER at Alliance functions as a department of North Hills Hospital in North Richland Hills, if you need to be admitted to the hospital, we can seamlessly transfer you for continuity of care.

What It’s Not

The ER at Alliance is not an urgent care center. It is a true emergency room equipped to handle any type of emergency you may encounter. We accept ambulances and offer a helipad for helicopter transport.

You Have a Choice

We are pleased to bring more health care choices to the residents of North Fort Worth. We hope that if you ever encounter an emergency that you will trust our facility to provide you with modern and compassionate emergency care.

For more information about emergency care at North Hills Hospital or the ER at Alliance, please call (817) 255-1000.

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