One in 10 people lives with diabetes. If you are lower income, studies show that you are more at risk of living with this disease and not living as long.
Why? Type 2 diabetes is a serious health condition that can impact your quality of life and life span. It is also a costly disease, which makes it even more difficult to manage for those who are low income.
If you don’t already have it, Type 2 diabetes can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle with better daily nutrition habits and exercise routines, and by working towards a healthy weight, which is a natural outcome of eating healthy and exercising regularly!
November 14th was World Diabetes Day, and according to the American Diabetes Association, there are 2 main ways to prevent yourself from getting this disease that directly relate to fitness and food:
1. Make small changes to the way you eat. Eat more fruits and veggies, and healthy protein. Eat less added sugar and fewer highly processed carbs that convert into sugar (white bread, white rice, pasta, cereal, snack foods, etc.).
2. Increase your physical activity level. Thirty minutes a day is the ideal amount. If you can’t do 30 minutes at one time, try two 15 minute intervals of exercise each day. Even walking counts! Find activities you love doing – that’s the key.
Need help with either of these lifestyle changes? The Fit and Food Connection is here for you and provides FREE ongoing classes, access to healthy food, and fitness opportunities. Get involved today.
By: Katie Talarico