November is Diabetes Awareness Month
Today, more than 422 million people live with diabetes worldwide, so it’s a huge task to educate people about the disease in its various forms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 34.2 million American adults have diabetes, however, 1 in 5 of those people don’t even know it.
Awareness + education is even more powerful. Knowing symptoms of type 1 can be life-saving when a diagnosis is right around the corner. If you’re at risk for type 2, education can help prevent or delay the progression of the disease (in cases where you’re able to do that). And education that helps our communities offer support (instead of blame) through a very challenging disease is invaluable.
Here are 5 ways to prevent Diabetes:
- Cut sugar and carbs
Eating foods high in refined carbs and sugar spikes insulin levels.
- Watch your portions
Avoiding large portion sizes can help reduce insulin and blood sugar levels.
- Aim for 30
Try being active by walking, dancing, or lifting weights for at least 30 minutes a day.
- Drink water
Drinking water instead of other beverages that are high in sugar and preservatives can reduce the risk of diabetes.
- Eat fiber
Getting plenty of fiber is beneficial for gut health and weight management.
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