More than 88 million Americans have prediabetes and 34 million have been diagnosed with diabetes. With November being American Diabetes Awareness month, it’s a great time to learn more about diabetes prevention and tools to control the disease.
Small lifestyle shifts can help eliminate risks or diagnoses of diabetes. If you are diagnosed with prediabetes, there are ways to return blood sugar levels to a normal range, effectively preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes. Adding more physical activity into your everyday routine and swapping in healthier meals to your diet can not only help you lose weight, but also maintain a proper blood sugar level.
While there is no specific diet tailored towards diabetes prevention, talking to a registered dietitian can help guide you towards what foods work and don’t work in your meal plans. Minimizing sugars, adding in non-starchy vegetables, and lowering intake of carbs are all ways of improving your everyday diet. Even something as simple as swapping foods high in saturated fats (like butter or fatty beef) with foods rich in unsaturated fats (like olive oil or fish) can keep things healthy while maintaining flavor.
Visit the American Diabetes Association site to take a 60-second risk test or contact our Registered Dietitian to learn more about diabetes prevention.