As we continue our conversation from last week: Diabetes Risk Factors Part 1, we’d like to now further explore the two categories previously discussed and what they mean for you and your health. To recap, the two categories are: modifiable risk factors and non-modifiable risk factors.
A non-modifiable risk factor means you cannot change or have control over. Modifiable means these are risk factors you can change or have control over.
What are modifiable risk factors and what can you do about them?
You can start your journey by developing a self-care plan.
The heart rate is the number of heartbeats per minutes. The basic way to calculate your maximum heart rate is to subtract your age from 220. For example, if you are 45 years old, subtract 45 from 220 to get a maximum heart rate of 175. This is the maximum number of times your heart should beat per minute while you are exercising.
Once you know your maximum heart rate, you can calculate your desired target heart rate zone — the level at which your heart is being exercised and conditioned but not overworked.
If you are not fit or you're just beginning an exercise program, aim for the lower end of your target zone (50 percent). Then, gradually build up the intensity. If you're healthy and want a vigorous intensity, opt for the higher end of the zone.
Obtain routine diabetes care with your doctor-
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What are some things you can start on your journey to healthy life?
Teresa KunathRN Clinical Specialist
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You can easily calculate your target heart rate zone if you know your maximum heart rate.
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