Diabetes Center

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. It’s is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above what is considered the normal level. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to store and use for energy. The pancreas, makes a hormone called insulin that helps glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood. Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations.

How can you help to prevent diabetes?

Studies have shown that moderate weight loss and exercising can help prevent or possibly delay type 2 diabetes among adults at high-risk of diabetes. Change your eating habits. Eat smaller portions and less fat. Select fewer high-fat foods and try to use less fat when cooking. Lmit foods that are high in saturated fats or trans fat, some of which are:
  • Fatty cuts of meat
  • Fried Foods
  • Whole milk and dairy products made from whole milk
  • Cakes, candy, cookies, crackers, and pies
  • Salad dressings.
Put more fiber in your diet by eating more whole grain foods & a variety of fruits and vegetables daily, such as:
  • Breakfast cereals made with 100% whole grains
  • Oatmeal
  • Whole grain rice
  • Whole-wheat bread, bagels, pita bread, and tortillas
  • Dark green veggies (e.g., broccoli, spinach, brussels sprouts)
  • Orange veggies (e.g., carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, winter squash)

Most of all stay away from foods that are high in sugar, such as:

  • Fruit-flavored drinks
  • Sodas
  • Tea or coffee sweetened with sugar.