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November is Diabetes Awareness Month!

Evelyn posted on November 1, 2014, 16:00
November is Diabetes Awareness Month!
Are you feeling very thirsty, extremely fatigued, have cuts or bruises that are slow to heal? Do you have feel tingling, pain or numbness in your hands and feet? These are just a few of the common symptoms of diabetes, and the American Diabetes Association estimates that over 29 million Americans have diabetes, or nearly 10 percent of the population. Without a proper understanding of the disease, and without a wholesale change in diet, those numbers are sure to increase.

There are two types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. In type 1, the body does not produce insulin, which is needed for normal blood sugar. Type 1 is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease and often goes undiagnosed because its symptoms can be mild or develop slowly. Some people can have diabetes for years without knowing.

If you are at high risk for diabetes, or even if you were recently diagnosed, Viva La Salud is here to help with tips on how to manage and prevent diabetes with a healthy diet.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month!
  • You Can Still Eat The Foods You Like:

    A diabetes diagnosis doesn't mean you are relegated to eating tasteless or foods you dislike. However, it’s important to educate yourself on how your food choices affect your blood sugar levels. Your primary care physician can help you keep your diabetes in check while still enjoying your favorite meals. Counting carbs, reading food labels, and portion control are just a couple ways to control your diabetes.

  • The Rule of Three:

    Having plate awareness can help you lose weight and manage diabetes by cutting out starch-heavy foods. First, divide your plate in half and load up one side with non-starchy vegetables like asparagus, carrots, cauliflower, celery, mushrooms, and peppers. Then divide the remaining side into two. One section can have starchy foods like bread or pasta, and the last section should include a lean protein. Leave room for an 8-ounce glass of low-fat milk and a ½ cup of fruit.

  • Be A Record Keeper:

    Recording your daily blood sugar levels will help you track how food, activity and medicines affect your blood sugar. Writing down what you eat will help you stay on track and make sure you are eating healthy. A written record will help you and your doctor determine the best long-term diabetes treatment program.

  • Use Viva Viva La Salud Nutrition Shelf-Edge Labeling Program :

    Look for colorful, easy to identify tags throughout our store highlighting foods that are “Whole Grain,” “Heart Healthy,” “Low Sodium,” "100% Juice," "No Added Sugar" and much more! Also find labeled "Lean Protein" in our fresh, full-service meat department and enjoy a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in our produce department - Rancho Gonzalez!

See you at Northgate!
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