ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Almost 10 percent of the US population has diabetes. And while you may not be one of them, in 2012, 8.1 million people were undiagnosed, meaning that one in four people don’t know they have this potentially fatal disease. Vanessa welch tells us about healthy choices that make all the difference.
Ninety percent of diabetics worldwide suffer from type two diabetes. But avoiding the wrong choices and eating the right foods can help.
Diabetics can regulate their blood sugar with fiber. Aim for 20 to 40 grams a day. Eat fruit with the skin on, like apples, swap sugary breakfast cereals for oatmeal and eat beans to fulfill one-third of your daily fiber requirement!
Next, cut down on carbohydrates. Diabetics need to eat fruits and veggies with less than five grams of carbs, so avoid potatoes with 37 grams, pears at 27 grams and raisins with a whopping 115 grams in just one cup!
Instead sauté asparagus, green peppers and mushrooms with just two grams of carbs per serving. And even timing matters. Eat within one hour of waking and never go more than 10 hours overnight without a meal. Eating every four hours helps control glucose levels.
Measuring out the correct serving size is also important. Experts say many people look at a box, see 110 calories and then pour it into a bowl without thinking twice. Instead of eating 110 calories, most consume more than triple a serving size at 350 calories.
Contributors to this news report include: Amber Sumpter, Writer and News Assistant and Brent Sucher, Editor.