|We dedicate the month of November to diabetes awareness. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease and other health problems if it’s not controlled.|
One in 10 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 30 million people. And another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. If you have prediabetes, there are actions you can take to significantly reduce your risk of developing type 2. Most important on the to-do list are healthy eating and increased physical activity.
Here are a few quick tips on eating healthy:
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- Eat more leafy greens like romaine, kale, spinach, collards and chard.
- Choose lean proteins like fish, chicken and pork.
- Fill up with fiber. (Fiber can be found in delicious foods — did you know raspberries are one of the highest fiber fruits around?)
- Try to drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water every day and avoid sodas and sugary juices.
- Experiment with lower carb grains that also contain fiber and protein such as quinoa.
- Indulge in health fats like nuts, seeds, avocados, dark chocolate and fatty fish.
- Cut back on salt and salty foods.
- Pay attention to portion sizes.
- Try to fill half your plate with non-starchy veggies.
- Don’t bring home what you can’t control!
- Reduce your overall intake of sugar and carbs.