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Don’t Become another Statistic

Posted by rhondascooking on July 4, 2008

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the number of people with diabetes has increased to 24 million people in the United States—this is an increase of more than 3 million in about two years.1 In addition to this increase, there are another 57 million people who are estimated to have pre-diabetes, which puts them at risk for diabetes—this is an increase of 16 million people in over two years.  Unfortunately, analysis indicated that those 57 million people will have a 50% chance of becoming full-blown diabetic in ten years.

 

Type 2 Diabetes is the most known category of diabetes and accounts for over 90% of the diabetes cases and many times there are no symptoms.  Studies have shown that the following are high risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes2:

  • Over age 45,
  • Have a close family member with diabetes,
  • African American, Latino, Native American,
  • Overweight or obese,
  • Physically inactive,
  • Low HDL Cholesterol levels or high triglycerides,
  • Past gestational diabetes or delivered a baby weighing more than 9 pounds. 

 

You can beat the odds of ever becoming a statistic by making a lifestyle change through physical activity and food choices. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Exercise 30 minutes at least 3 days per week (increase to 5 days)
  • Eat at dark green and dark yellow vegetables
  • Eat only 2 servings of fruit per day (1 svg of strawberries = 5 or 6 medium strawberries)
  • Consume at least 2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil or 4 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds daily
  • Eat more whole grains instead of the “enriched grains”
  • Eliminate all foods made with “high fructose corn syrup”
  • Use agave syrup or stevia instead of cane sugar

 

 

1 “Number of People with Diabetes Increases to 24 Million.”  June 24, 2008.  CDC Division of Media.  July 2, 2008 <http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2008/r080624.htm >.

2Vaccarello, Elizabeth, ed. Prevention Outsmart Diabetes.  Rodale, Inc.  2006. 

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