Nearly 30 million children and adults in America are living with diabetes and another 86 million are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The disease is taking a devastating physical, emotional, and financial toll on our country. If you are fortunate enough to not already be battling this disease, please take these preventative steps to help your family stay healthy.
- Get more physical exercise—Exercise can help you lose weight, lower your blood sugar, and boost your sensitivity to insulin, which helps keep your blood sugar within a normal range.
- Get plenty of fiber— It may help you reduce your risk of diabetes by improving your blood sugar control, lower your risk of heart disease, and promote weight loss by helping you feel full. Foods high in fiber include fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.
- Go for whole grains—Whole grains may reduce your risk of diabetes and help maintain blood sugar levels. Many foods made from whole grains come ready to eat,
including various breads, pasta products, and some cereals. Look for the word “whole” on the package and at the first few items on the ingredients list.
The signs and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes in children usually develop quickly, over a period of weeks. Look for: