Did You Know That November is National Diabetes Awareness Month?
Right now there are 29.1 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes and 86 million individuals with prediabetes. Changing your food shopping purchases and bringing healthier, lower carbohydrate and whole grain foods home can lower the risk for diabetes, and help control blood sugar for those already diagnosed. Eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains are important for blood sugar control. Lowering the intake of sugary products and other high carbohydrate containing foods will also contribute to improved blood sugar. Start reading food labels to monitor carbohydrates per serving. The American Diabetes Association recommends seeking the advice of a registered dietitian to learn your number of carbohydrates per day and how to count carbohydrates in your meals and snacks.
Tips for managing diabetes:
Eat more whole grains and fiber.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Learn your numbers for counting carbohydrates.
Eat smaller portions.
Drink plenty of water each day.
Achieve and maintain your ideal body weight.
Carolyn Bell, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist