In 2011, nearly 26 million children and adults were affected by Diabetes, with 7 million Americans that were left undiagnosed.
November is National Diabetes month and it’s the perfect time to raise awareness for friends and family members suffering from Diabetes. How many people do you know that struggle with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes?
Know the facts
Many people are predisposed to Diabetes. Risk factors for the disease include obesity or overweight, cardiovascular disease, and genetics. Know the appropriate limits for BMI and blood glucose levels to assess your risk.
18-25 Normal Weight
Fasting Glucose (Before a Meal)
Postprandial (After a meal)
Early Detection of Diabetes
Signs and symptoms of abnormal blood sugar include increased thirst, hunger and urination. Contact your physician if you are experiencing headaches, fatigue, blurred vision, unintentional weight loss or loss of consciousness.
Disease prevention begins with proper diet and exercise. Emphasis on well balanced-meals, adequate fiber consumption (25 grams per day) and moderate exercise for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Seek a Registered Dietitian if you believe you are at risk.
For more information on Diabetes and to learn how to donate to the cause, refer to the American Diabetes Association.
Traditional Greek Salad
Makes: 3 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 1 large beefsteak tomato, chopped into 2-inch thick pieces
- 1 medium cucumber, sliced
- ¼ small red onion, thinly sliced (about 1 ounce)
- 2 ounces Greek Kalamata olives
- 3 ounces fat-free feta cheese, crumbled
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- ½ tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- 1 lemon wedge
- salt and pepper to taste
- Add tomatoes, onions, olives, cucumber and feta cheese to a large serving bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together red wine vinegar, olive oil, lemon, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Add this dressing to the mixed vegetables.
- Gently toss.
- Serve as a side or on top of greens!
Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 80 Calories, 5 g Fat (1 g Sat), 0 mg Cholesterol, 298 mg Sodium, 8 g Carbohydrate, 2 g Fiber, 1.5 g Protein
Source: American Diabetes Association
Article originally published on the Pathmark Wellness Blog on 11/7/2012