You may be surprised to learn that your diet greatly influences your health. Many of the chronic diseases experienced by Americans – diabetes, obesity, hypertension, even cancer – can often be prevented, controlled, or eliminated by eating a healthy diet.
It’s difficult to travel anywhere in the Western world without finding U.S. fast food franchises. Recent research reveals that regular consumption of calorie- and fat-laden fast food affects patient health globally as it does here in the U.S. The University of Minnesota School of Public Health reports that diabetes risk increased by 27% for Singapore residents who eat fast food twice a week; the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) increased by 56%.
Choosing to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as increasing the quantity of these foods in your diet, may reduce your risk type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published online in April in the journal Diabetes Care.
If you are a diabetic, then you know how difficult it is to avoid sugar. It's in just about everything, from baked good and sweet foods, to foods you wouldn't expect to contain sugar, such as microwave dinners and savory sauces. Many products geared towards diabetics contain artificial sweeteners, but are they really any safer?
Cooking, baking, and sweetening your beverages are always a challenge when you are a diabetic. Scientists have been working for decades to provide artificial sweeteners – such as aspartame and sucralose – that diabetics can ingest, but in recent years there has been growing debate and concern over the safety of these chemicals.
As diabetics, we know that vegetables should play a major role in our diets, but if your culinary repertoire for vegetables is limited to steaming a bag of frozen veggies in the microwave, or munching carrot chips slathered in ranch dip while watching your favorite TV show, it may be time to branch out and try something new. Grilling vegetables is a great way to enhance flavor while managing calories.