The truth about Diabetes + tips for prevention

According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes.

Risk Factors

  • Weight
  • Fat distribution
  • Inactivity
  • Family History
  • Race
  • Age

Complications:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Blindness
  • Kidney disease
  • Nervous system disease (Neuropathy)
  • Amputation
  • Skin & mouth conditions
  • Osteoporosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Tips for prevention:

  1. Stay active and exercise regularly
  2. Lose extra weight
  3. Skip fad diets and make healthy choices
  4. Eat a diet rich in:
  • Fresh organic fruits and vegetables
  • Lean proteins (i.e. chicken breast, fresh fish)
  • Good carbohydrates (i.e. yams, brown rice)

While genetics plays an important role, YOU still have the ability to influence your health to prevent diabetes.  Good health begins and ends with good nutrition and an active lifestyle!