A Good Diet is the Best Defense Against Diabetes
Odds are either you or someone you know has diabetes. According to the latest numbers from the American Diabetes Association, nearly 1-in-10 Americans – or about 30.3 million – have diabetes.
More scary stats from ADA: Diabetes was the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2015, with 79,535 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death, and a total of 252,806 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death.
Diabetes may not yet be a curable disease; however, it remains a very treatable affliction. The main weapon in this war is a healthy diet.
“No matter how frightening, annoying, and frustrating it can be, people with diabetes can live long, healthy, and happy lives,” notes the ADA website.
So how do you know if you have diabetes and need to take action? The most common symptoms include:
- Urinating often
- Feeling very thirsty
- Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Cuts or bruises that are slow to heal
- Weight loss – even though you are eating more
- Tingling, pain or numbness in the hands/feet
We urge you to see a doctor if you think you may have diabetes. Once diagnosed, we urge you to immediately alter your diet to improve your life.
Not sure how to start? We can help.
Our Diabetes-Friendly Plan will help lower your blood sugar. It’s high in fiber and heart-healthy fats; features tasty, low-glycemic foods; and provides balanced nutrients to avoid blood sugar fluctuations.
Our Diabetes-Friendly Plan automatically populates your meal plan calendar with delicious recipes created by culinary experts and analyzed by registered dietitians. The recipes we serve are based on your personal goals and preferences.
Meal Plan Map is a powerful yet easy-to-use meal planning and fitness tracking tool that takes the guesswork out of diabetes-friendly eating. Living a healthier lifestyle starts with commitment, support and the right tools to help you achieve your goals.
Sure, knowing what to eat can be confusing. The ADA notes that everywhere you turn, there is news about what is or isn’t good for you. Here’s what healthy meal plans have in common.
- Fruits and vegetables
- Lean protein foods
- Less added sugar
- No trans fat
Once you get the hang of eating a healthy diet, you can relax and dig in to a wide variety of delicious meals and snacks.
It’s important that you take quick action against diabetes. Left unchecked, diabetes can ravage nearly every organ in your body, including the:
- Heart and blood vessels
- Gastrointestinal tract
- Gums and teeth
John McGran has been writing about health and weight loss for several national companies since 2000. He brings his knowledge of diets — and his passion for dropping pounds — to Meal Plan Map because he believes it is the future of smart, stress-free eating and improved health.