Diabetes rates continue to rise. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released shocking statistics on diabetes. According to the report, around 29 million Americans suffer from this disease. That’s about 12 percent higher than the 26 million diabetics recorded in 2010. What’s more, one-fourth of people are not aware that they have diabetes. And around 86 million adults suffer from prediabetes, a condition of elevated blood sugar just below the threshold for diabetes.
The most common form of diabetes is type 2 diabetes, characterized by insulin resistance wherein the cells fail to respond to insulin. The good news is type 2 diabetes is highly preventable, and most of the time, it is never too late to make the necessary lifestyle adjustments to decrease one’s risk for this disease.
Here are some tips to help reduce your risk:
- Manage your weight. Being overweight is a risk factor for developing diabetes. Also, having excess body fats, especially around the abdomen, increases the body’s resistance to insulin.
- Exercise. The benefits of moderate physical activity include: weight loss, reduction of blood glucose levels, and improvement of blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Add fiber to your diet. Fiber improves blood sugar control, lowers your risk of heart disease, and helps you lose weight by making you feel full. Fiber can be found in fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
- Put down that cigarette. You are twice more likely to develop diabetes if you are a smoker.
- Make healthier food choices. A big part of what causes diabetes is what you eat. Make sure making healthier food choices is a priority. Eat more fruits and vegetables and decrease your sugar intake. That means less commercial fruit drinks and foods with high sugar levels. The good news is You Are Loved Foods has recreated your favorites such as cupcakes and granolas such that they’re healthier and contain no added sugar!