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Tips for People with Diabetes (and Prediabetes)

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Good-for-You Changes Can Boost Health and Prevent Disease

Man Meditating on a Rock at the BeachMaking little changes to your diet and daily habits can have lasting (life-changing!) health effects. Try one or all of these healthy tips today and see if you feel different after a week, month or even longer. When it comes to health, it’s never too late to reinvent yourself.

Go vegan.
A vegan diet–a diet free of all animal and animal byproducts, including dairy and eggs–can ease diabetic nerve pain. And guess what? It also has been proven to help prevent a number of serious diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, arthritis, and osteoporosis.

Get nutty!
Eating about ½ cup of tree nuts a day (such as cashews, walnuts, pecans or almonds) can help with blood sugar control. Of course, nuts are high in fat, which means they must be eaten in moderation!

Get your “om” on.
Meditation can help regulate blood glucose levels and significantly lowers hemoglobin A1c levels (your average blood glucose level over a few months). It can also reduce stress levels and boost cardiovascular health.

Looking to jumpstart a diabetes-prevention exercise plan? Here are 3 exercises to add to your workout routine!

Prediabetes Is a Serious Health Crisis

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Epidemic of Prediabetes and Diabetes Means Greater Rates of Heart Attack, Cancer and More Disease

Male Doctor Hand Abstract with Lab Coat and Stethoscope.As reported in an article in USA Today over the weekend, prediabetes and diabetes is no laughing matter. The disease affects millions of Americans, and it leads to other health problems that are potentially fatal.

It’s no secret that–thanks to a fast food-choked, nutrient poor diet–Americans are getting fatter. The rising rate of obesity in the U.S. is contributing to the escalating number of people with prediabetes and diabetes. (12.3% of Americans 20 and older have diabetes, even if it’s not diagnosed. Another 37%, or 86 million, have prediabetes, the condition that occurs before a type 2 diabetes diagnosis – this is up from 27% a decade ago.)

Of course, genetics can contribute to the development of diabetes too, as well as a sedentary lifestyle. And once you develop prediabetes, the chances of developing diabetes are high.

Here are a few scary statistics and facts the USA Today article cited:

  • Prediabetes raises the risk of cancer by 15%, according to a recent article published in Diabetologia
  • Just 10% of the 86 million adults with prediabetes know they have the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, which is a risk factor for diabetes
  • Promoting lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by almost 60%
  • Prediabetics can prevent or delay diabetes by losing 5%-7% of body weight

We know that making changes to your lifestyle (including your diet and activity level) can be frustrating and difficult. Let us show you how to make these changes! Sign up for a free blood draw and consultation with our prediabetes physician.

What’s on Your Slice? Try Mushroom and Kale

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PreDiabetes Centers Concierge Chef Whips Up a Delicious Mushroom-Kale Pizza with White Sauce

pizza-whiteTired of the same ol’ pizza you have every week?

Of course you are!

It’s high time you try our dynamite Mushroom-Kale Pizza with a delicious roasted garlic and fontina white sauce! This recipe was created by the PreDiabetes Centers Concierge Chef especially for people with prediabetes.

White sauce is a fresh and delicious alternative to red sauce. Featuring fontina, a versatile, mild-flavored cheese, as well as milk, olive oil, garlic, cayenne pepper and a touch of lemon, our sauce makes a nutritious, tasty backdrop for a vegetable-topped pie.

If you’re not into veggie pizza and need a little meat for supper, no problem! Just add grilled chicken.

The mushrooms in this pizza have tremendous health-boosting benefits: They improve immune system function and increase vitamin D levels.

And in case you didn’t know, kale is a superfood! It’s high in iron, vitamin K and powerful antioxidants. It can also help fight inflammation, which is great for people battling arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.

Get the recipe!

Prediabetes Linked to Higher Risk of Certain Types of Cancer

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Pancreas, Breast and Other Cancers Prevalent in Patients with Earliest Stage of Type 2 Diabetes, Called Prediabetes

Breast cancer screeningWe know there’s a link between diabetes and cancer.

Now, research says that even people with prediabetes are at greater risk for cancer.

The risk of developing cancer is 15% higher in people with prediabetes, according to a research team that looked at more than 900,000 participants from several countries in 16 different studies. When the researchers factored in participants’ high body mass index (a measure of obesity and a risk factor for both prediabetes and cancer), they found that the risk jumped to 22%.

The Diabetologia study found that risk is increased for certain types of cancer, including colorectal, stomach, liver, pancreas, breast and endometrial cancers.

The study’s lead author noted that prediabetes is prevalent worldwide and “successful intervention in this large population could have a major public health impact.”

He also noted that the diabetes drug metformin has been shown to protect against cancer. But it’s not known if metformin therapy in prediabetics is effective in reducing cancer risk.

Lower your risk of cancer today by getting tested for diabetes. Stopping one disease may help stop the other!

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