21. October 2009 09:43
Diabetes can be a debilitating disease. Today, there are over 20 million people in the U.S. who have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Between 90-95% of those diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes. Many of these cases are preventable. Type 2 diabetes is the result from insulin resistance (the body fails to use insulin properly).
Scientists at the American Institute for Cancer Research found that limiting saturated fat (which increases insulin resistance) in your diet significantly reduces your risk of diabetes. Most high saturated fats are found in meat, whole fat dairy like cheese, whole milk, ice cream, and butter. Researchers recommend you limit your saturated fat to less than 20 grams per day for an adult male; less for females and children.
There also are several lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes. The ADA recommends eating a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, daily exercise (walking, biking, swimming), and keeping trim.