Celebrating health during American Diabetes Month

Published 7:01 am Sunday, November 15, 2015

Type 2 diabetes affects a staggering 23.6 million people or in another light an astonishing 7.8 percent of the American population.

Studies suggest that adults who have autism are at higher risk for diabetes, obesity, and heart complications. In lieu of November being American Diabetes Awareness Month we wanted to highlight some risk factors of diabetes as well as some healthy eating tips to help decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Risk Factors:

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In order to prevent diabetes, it is important to know that there are certain risk factors that increase your chances of developing diabetes. While there are more risk factors, below is a list of some of the more prevalent hazards:

•Being overweight or obese

•Not getting enough exercise or extended physical inactivity

•Having a high cholesterol count

•A history of heart disease


The only way to be healthier is to live a healthier lifestyle. Combating the risk factors of diabetes can include eating healthier and increasing and maintaining regular exercise.

Did you know that adults with disabilities who don’t exercise are 50 percent more likely to develop chronic diseases? Getting more exercise doesn’t mean you have to sign up for a marathon or triathlon, try adding a new physical activity to your routine. Remember to stay active for 30 minutes, threetimes per week.

Eating healthier is a great way to maintain a healthy weight, as well as protect against the onset of diabetes. Try a couple of the tips below:

•Drink plenty of water

•Choose foods low in salt

•Cut down on sugary food and candies

•Eat lean meats (fish, chicken, or even vegetarian alternatives)

•Eat balanced meals

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