5 Diet Tweaks That Could Cut Your Diabetes Risk
If someone you love has ever struggled with the scourge of diabetes, you know what a devastating disease it can be.
Roughly 25.8 million Americans have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, and pre-diabetes -- higher than normal blood glucose levels, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes -- affects one in three U.S. adults over the age of 20. Diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, kidney disease and stroke, and its other complications include blindness, amputation, impotence and nerve damage.
But type 2 diabetes is a relatively preventable disease if you live a healthy lifestyle and learn to Eat It to Beat It. Several studies suggest that belly fat is most strongly correlated with risk factors such as insulin resistance, which sets the stage for the disease, and reducing belly fat through exercise and a healthy diet are the two best ways to prevent and manage the disease.
While you’re at it, consider adopting these healthy dietary habits to help reduce your risk. Continue reading