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How Can You Fight the Fate of Diabetes?

Diabetes is growing in the U.S., which means we need to fight back as hard as we can. Since November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, here are some tips on staying healthy enough to beat diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Many people who have diabetes are unaware because it does not cause immediately recognizable symptoms. Stress on health has also not been constantly adhered to by the public, with fast and unhealthy food so accessible and a lack of exercise a necessity in our busy lives.

One thing to look out for is your A1C level, the amount of hemoglobin that is covered with sugar in the blood. The A1C test result reflects your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months, the higher the result, the higher risk of diabetes complications. Ask your doctor for more information or to get your levels tested.

Another important issue is genetics; because if your mother or father has diabetes, it is now a part of your medical history. The best thing to do in this scenario is use prevention of diabetes as your cure-all.

How does Bonnie, an expert nutritionist, fight diabetes?

Expert Nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix, author of Read It Before You Eat It, and owner of BTD Nutrition Consultants, LLC, gives the following advise when it comes to diabetes prevention. First, she emphasizes the importance of not skipping meals, because blood sugar levels respond to what you eat, and keeping a balanced routine of eating keeps them in check

Next she says it is important to maintain a healthy weight, and not to underestimate the power of losing a few pounds, which leads to her next tip, to exercise regularly, even if it is taking a bike ride or walking the dogs once a day.

She also advises to only eat carbs with protein and healthy fat, as this trio provides a feeling of being full for longer. Another point she makes is that splitting dessert or just eating small portions of sweets occasionally can help you to avoid diabetes, as well as working out any problems you are having without food.

Finally, she emphasizes the importance of being involved and knowledgeable in your numbers, because staying informed can save your life.

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