Did you know November is Diabetes awareness month? Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in our country. Around 30 million adults and children have diabetes in the United States alone, and about 86 million are prediabetic putting them at high risk for getting type 2 diabetes.
Healthy living and diabetes is the theme for this year through the year 2016. A lot of focus is being put on starting your day out right with a healthy breakfast to keep the risk of type 2 diabetes at bay. If you are looking for some healthy breakfast ideas (especially if you are diabetic) try these:
Almonds and fruit: Grab a handful of almonds and a low-glycemic index fruit such as a peach, apple, orange or berries and you are set to go. The almonds will help your body to stay full longer, keeping your energy level high all morning long.
Scrambled eggs and toast: This is a great breakfast if it is cooked right. Use light cooking oil when cooking your eggs and choose whole wheat bread with light butter or sugar free jam.
Whole grain cereal: Cereal can be a great breakfast choice if it is the right cereal. So many cereals are packed full of sugar which is not good for anyone, but especially those with diabetes. Choose cereals that are high in fiber, low in sugar and are made with simple and natural ingredients. Oatmeal is also a great choice, but make sure to limit the sugar you add to it. Instead add more fresh fruit, nuts or a sugar substitute.
Remember to keep some of these key diabetes goals in mind while making food choices:
- Watch your portion sizes
- Eat more whole grains, beans and starchy vegetables.
- Eat very few fats, sweets and alcohol.
Diabetes is a serious disease that can take control of your life. Dr. Evan Merrill treats patients with diabetes everyday, and if they aren’t taking care of their bodies, the consequences can be very serious. Make sure to stop by our office at Southern Oregon Foot and Ankle LLC if you are in need of help with your diabetes and your foot health. Make an appointment online or call 541-776-3338.