November is American Diabetes Month, a time dedicated to bringing awareness to growing diabetes statistics in our nation. This year’s theme is Eat Well, America! — a message that aligns with the foundation upon which the SlimGenics Program was built. Proper nutrition and healthy eating can significantly decrease your risk of type-2 diabetes. By teaching people how to adopt healthier habits and make lifestyle changes, we work together to prevent this disease.
Here are just a few of the shocking statistics on diabetes:
- Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
- Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type-2 diabetes.
- The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
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American Diabetes Association endeavors to raise awareness for this ever-growing disease by enlightening people about the positive effects of diet.
“Eating well means more than eating healthy. Eating well means savoring food that is delicious, nutritious and simple to prepare.” – American Diabetes Association
The ADA hopes to help people learn to prepare and enjoy healthy, delicious meals every day. By equipping Americans with the tools and knowledge to live a healthier lifestyle, we can better practice and achieve health and wellness in our everyday lives.
Here are just a few tips for preventing diabetes with a healthy diet:
Cut The Sugar!
Sugar negatively influences mood, impairs your immune system, raises bad cholesterol, spikes blood pressure and leads to a clinically proven type of addiction, which can be difficult to overcome. Choose whole foods over processed items and fresh fruits over dried fruits. Read the label on everything, as sugar lurks in many food items we use regularly, from ketchup to white bread!
Cook Real Food!
Shopping for and preparing fresh, healthy foods is a surefire way to decrease your chances of developing diabetes. Fresh vegetables, lean meats, low-sugar fruit options and low-fat dairy make great options for a healthy diet. For healthy recipes, try our SlimGenics STEP in the Kitchen cookbook!
The best tool you have in your diabetes-preventing arsenal is knowledge. By understanding how your body responds to fresh, whole foods, you will be better equipped to make nutritious decisions to save your health. Share the nutrition education you obtain with friends and family to ensure the people you love can also made educated decisions about their health and diet.
Together, we work to inform, educate and prevent diabetes!