According to the US Department of Health and Senior Services, November is American Diabetes Month. Diabetes affects how your body turns food into energy. Insulin is a hormone that allows the sugar (glucose) from foods to enter into cells and be used for energy. If you have diabetes your body does not make enough insulin or can’t use the insulin it makes effectively, resulting in too much sugar in your blood stream. When diagnosed with Diabetes, one of the biggest challenges is deciding what to eat. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) offers five tips on what to eat: choose whole, unprocessed foods over processed foods, eat non-starchy vegetables, limit or avoid foods with added sugars and refined grains, drink water instead of soda, diet soda or sugary drinks and look into low-carb vegetarian and Mediterranean diets. Each person is different on what works best in managing blood sugar levels. Ask your physician on a recommended diet plan or referral to a Nutrition Service that can provide healthy and enticing food options. For more information, visit your nodawaypubichealth.org for direct links.
Kathryn Hawley, RN & Health Educator, Nodaway County Health Dept.