10 Eating Habits That May Prevent Diabetes

Small changes in your diet that can make a big difference

10 Eating Habits That May Prevent Diabetes
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Diabetes is a growing problem in the United States and it seems to be somewhat of a trendy topic nowadays, what with Paula Deen’s recent confession. According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes and that number keeps growing every year. Luckily, there are habits and lifestyle choices that we can adopt to reduce the risk of developing the most common type of diabetes.

There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 is a genetic illness that is most often diagnosed in children and is unfortunately not preventable. Type 2 diabetes, however, is preventable. It occurs when the body stops producing the hormone called insulin, which is needed to break down the food we eat into energy. This form of diabetes can be diagnosed at any age and is mostly related to genetics, lifestyle choices, and ethnicity.

Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes and the number of people who suffer from it continues to grow, especially among the younger populations where it once was a rare occurrence. Our increasingly inactive lifestyle, along with poor eating habits, contributes greatly to the rising number of type 2 diabetics. There is no magic formula to prevent diabetes, but adopting healthier eating habits and making sure to exercise are important steps toward prevention.

As registered dietician Christine Tseng states, "No specific foods will lead to diabetes, so lifestyle modifications are the way to go to prevent diabetes." Taking control of your lifestyle early may help prevent diabetes and the number of health complications that can come with it.

Here are 10 easy diet modifications you can make to better your habits and improve your chances of preventing diabetes. 

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MathGirlTM's picture

Type II diabetes occurs when the body's cells become insulin resistant. The pancreas may still produce plenty of insulin, but the body no longer knows what to do with it. Did this author do any fact checking at all?

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am happy to be part of this

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Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body's immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and-at present-nothing you can do to get rid of it.

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Show me the proven link between salt and diabetes. I also disagree that butter or red meat are any part of the problem. It's the carbs, and not just the sugar and the white flour, but the so-called good-carbs as well. I was taking 100 units of insulin a day. Now I don't need any at all, just metformin. Why? because I eat less than 20g of carbs a day now. But following advice like the nutritionists provided was not only worthless, I feel it was harmful.

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