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November is National Diabetes Month

November 17, 2022

More than 37 million Americans live with diabetes, and even more are unaware that they are at high risk for developing prediabetes or progressing to Type 2 diabetes.

All forms of diabetes affect the body's ability to make or properly use insulin. Though Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented through diet or lifestyle changes, these factors can be helpful in managing the condition. If left untreated, prediabetes can develop into Type 2 diabetes. These conditions can be managed or prevented by making smart nutrition and lifestyle choices.

A Balanced Eating Plan

It's important for people with diabetes to manage blood sugar levels with a balanced eating plan. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, and choose healthful carbohydrates. Ensure half of all grains eaten each day are whole-grain foods. You can enjoy all the flavors of the world while still following a healthy meal plan such as those found in the book "Diabetes Guide to Enjoying Foods of the World" by Constance Brown-Riggs and Jessica Jones.

Physical Activity

Physical activity also plays a vital role in diabetes management and prevention. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week, whether it's a brisk walk, bicycling, or even cleaning the house. Always take precautions to minimize the risk of hypoglycemia, and remember to consult with your medical team to ensure safety.

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