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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sugar Shock

The holiday season is in full swing and many of us are tempted by the sweet treats lying around the office, at home or in the shops. While the smell of baked goodies, chocolates, candy and holiday drinks is deliciously enticing, it’s a somber reminder that almost 8 percent of Americans have diabetes. That’s nearly 24 million people, ages 20 or older, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Shockingly, double that number, 57 million people, have prediabetes where blood sugar levels are high. While it’s nearly impossible to stay away from sugary treats during the holiday season, making small changes can balance things out. Find a parking space a little further out, grab an apple on your way out the door, sip on water to keep hydrated. Need more tips on ways to prevent and manage diabetes? click here.
~ Muriel

1 comment:

Connie Bennett said...

This is a good topic for a post. Sugary foods do abound this holiday season, and it's not always easy. While it's important to point out that millions have diabetes or prediabetes, millions more either have sugar challenges or low blood sugar fluctuations. (They're not prediabetic yet.)

That's why every time you eat sweets, it's wise to have some healthy foods ahead of time -- quality carbs (such as vegetables, fruits or whole grains); small amounts of healthy fats (olive oil, flax oil); a modest portion of protein (lean fish, chicken or tofu), legumes, nuts or seeds.

Anyhow, for more tips and information on a regular basis, I invite you to check out my blog, and also my book SUGAR SHOCK! How Sweets and Simple Carbs Can Derail Your Life--And How You Can Get Back on Track --

Have a sweet holiday season.