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Recognizing American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month and November 14th is World Diabetes Day.  In our previous blog on diabetes, the two different types of diabetes and the symptoms of diabetes are explained.  Here, I’d like to share with you interesting facts that you may not have known about diabetes and some recipes that are ideal for the diabetic patient.

Interesting Facts:

  • About one third of people with diabetes do not know they have the disease due to lack of symptoms.
  • Only 5% of people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.
  • Someone at risk of type 2 diabetes can prevent it with moderate weight loss (10-15 pounds) and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day.
  • Reports of type 2 diabetes in children have increased worldwide.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults.
  • People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease than someone without diabetes.
  • Bariatric surgery can reduce symptoms of diabetes in obese people.
  • Diabetes cost $174 billion annually, including $116 billion in direct medical expenses.

Diabetic-Friendly Recipes:

  • Barley and Black Bean Salad: Beans and barley are great sources of dietary fiber. Fiber helps you feel full and aids with digestion.
  • Applesauce Pancakes: These pancakes make a great breakfast option that is low in fat and easy to make. For a heart healthy option, you can use whole-wheat flour and add fresh fruit into the batter.

  • Spicy Apricot-Glazed Pork with Sweet Potatoes and Peppers: This complete dish is healthy, quick, and budget-friendly. It is low in fat with non-starchy vegetables, starchy potatoes, and lean pork tenderloin.
  • Beef Kebabs: You can make these kebabs with any vegetables you like.  You can also opt for chicken for a leaner alternative. It’s a great dish all year round and filled with nutrients like vitamin C, E, and fiber.

  • Basil Scallops with Spinach Fettuccine: This is a great way to increase your daily intake of vegetables. This dish is a great source of vitamin B12 and protein.
  • Baked Apple Chips: Here is a great recipe for a healthy snack. You can use this recipe with other fruits, such as pears.






Aoi Goto, DTR

Aoi is a dietetic technician and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Studies from New York University. She began as an intern at Savor Health in her senior year before joining the team as the Community Manager. Her work involves customer service, managing website/blog/social media, and assisting with various projects. She is interested in the oncology field and plans to continue her education to become a Registered Dietitian.

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