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Pick plant-based protein sources, particularly legumes.

Plant protein is strongly linked with diabetes risk reduction, while animal protein (especially processed and red meats) has been strongly associated with increased diabetes risk. Legumes are rich sources of antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals, where­as meats have few to none of these healthful components. In addition, red and processed meats are high in substances associated …

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Forgo artificial sweeteners.

They only increase hunger and sugar cravings. Artificial sweeteners are not allies in the battle against diabetes. Scientific evidence suggests they don’t help to cut calories, aid weight loss, or improve blood sugar control. Instead, artificial sweeteners may negatively impact blood glucose control, desensitize your taste buds to sweetness, adverse­ly affect the growth of helpful …

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Rethink carbohydrates

You can benefit from the carbohydrates in whole plant foods, such as whole fruits, legumes, vegetables, and whole grains. Despite its shortcomings and fallacies, the trendy pro-paleo, anti-carbohy­drate movement is bang-on about refined carbohydrates, such as sugar and white flour, being strongly associated with adverse health outcomes and dia­betes risk. The vast majority of the …

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Kicking Diabetes

If you receive a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, you may wonder, Why me? Although genes may be partly to blame, diet and lifestyle bear the brunt of the burden. Your genes act as a loaded gun; however, diet and lifestyle are what typically pull the trigger. Overindulgence and under activity, which are pervasive in our …

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The New Normal

In the United States, being overweight or obese is the new normal, with over 70 percent of the adult population being affected. Furthermore, many people don’t know that diabetes and prediabetes are also rapidly becom­ing the norm, affecting an estimated half of the adult population. The good news is that by carefully controlling your diet …

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