Diabetes is a chronic disorder characterized by high levels of blood sugar. It can lead to a host of complications, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, nervous system disease, and limb amputation. Although many of the complications of diabetes occur over long periods of time, poorly controlled blood glucose levels can also result in acute medical emergencies, such as seizures or coma or even death.
The number of people with diabetes in the United States is growing. According to the 2014 publication from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 29.1 million children and adults in the United States are living with diabetes. Among people aged twenty and older, 208,000 people have been diagnosed with diabetes (type 1 or type 2). Furthermore, an estimated 86 million adults aged 20 years and older have prediabetes. Despite its prevalence, many Americans are unaware of the basic facts about diabetes and the progress being made in the fight against it. For example, new forms of treatment are being developed making it easier to manage, and work on pancreatic islet transplantation and an artificial pancreas offer hope for an eventual cure.
Diabetes Sourcebook, Sixth Edition provides basic consumer health information about the different types of diabetes and how they are diagnosed. Specifically, Chapter 8 covers the importance of eating healthy and how diet and nutrition effects ones body as it pertains to Diabetes prevention and management.
Questions answered in this chapter include:
- Why eat healthy foods?
- How does food affect my body?
- What should I eat?
- What about sugar, sweets, and desserts? Am I allowed to eat them again?
- How much should I eat?
- What happens when I eat foods containing carbohydrates?
- How much carbohydrate do I need each day?
How can I find out how much carbohydrate is in the foods I eat?
In efforts to spread awareness of Diabetes and in honor of National Diabetes Month please feel free to download Chapter 8 of Diabetes Sourcebook, 6th Ed. here for free.