In the United States alone, an estimated 29 million people have diabetes and an additional 86 million are pre-diabetic. Diabetes is the “seventh leading cause of death,” and diabetics have an alarming 56 percent more likelihood of dying from a “classic” heart attack than non-diabetics. Undoubtedly, the focus on preventive measures is key right now.
Dr. Nina Radcliff, a physician anesthesiologist, explains that we can protect ourselves from the harmful complications of diabetes by making smart, healthy choices in our every day lives. Engaging in regular, moderate physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and increasing fiber consumption are all ways in which we can make sure our blood glucose and insulin sensitivity levels are well regulated.