November is Diabetes Awareness Month
Eating balanced meals will help you feel your best by keeping your blood sugar levels steady throughout the day. This strategy is good for everyone, but is especially important in people with or at risk for developing diabetes.
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high over time, which can lead to health problems such as heart disease, nerve damage, eye problems, and kidney disease.
During the month of November we encourage students and customers to focus on building balanced plates, focusing on whole grain and high fiber foods, and limiting added sugars in their diets.
Healthy lifestyle changes such as eating well and getting enough exercise can prevent or delay the effects of Type 2 diabetes. Here are some tips from the American Diabetes Association:
Manage your weight—obesity often correlates with diabetes, and even a modest weight loss of 5-10% can help better manage glucose levels.
Choose Carbohydrates in the Right Portions—While the ideal amount of carbohydrates varies from person to person, everyone can benefit from choosing nutrient-dense carbohydrate-containing foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans, dairy, and whole grains.
Focus on Healthy Fats—The Diabetes Association (ADA) encourages choosing healthy fats such as those found in nuts, seeds, and olive oils; and always being mindful of portions of higher fat foods since they are also more calorie-dense.
Be Sodium Savvy—Aim for no more than 2,300mg daily. Eating more fresh foods instead of processed foods is an easy way to decrease sodium intake.