Taking a stand against diabetes

By Ileana Chapa


November is American Diabetes Month, and it is important to address the severity of this disease along with ways to make it a thing of the past.

Here are some statistics from the American Diabetes Association:

“Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion.”

Type 1 Diabetes is the less common type of diabetes and cannot be prevented. This type of diabetes is a condition in which the individual cannot produce enough insulin to take the sugar into the cells. Type 1 Diabetes is usually diagnosed in children, adolescents and young adults.

Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and is caused by diet. It is usually diagnosed in people who are overweight because increased fat makes it harder for insulin to work properly.  Aside from being overweight, ethnicity and family history also play a role in the diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes.

Some of us might know someone who has been diagnosed with diabetes or maybe you suffer from it. This month, let’s support each other in our struggle to fight Type 2 diabetes. Let’s join forces and find support to alleviate the burdens caused by this disease. Now is the time we need to realize we can improve our quality of life much more if we opt for a healthy diet.

Having a balanced diet can make a huge difference when it comes to diabetes. A low-saturated fats and trans fats free diet can significantly improve your quality of life.

My advice is to switch out unhealthy foods for a healthier option. Create healthy habits and do it gradually to obtain better results. Since being overweight increases the chances of developing diabetes, develop a physical activity discipline that can fit your schedule. Furthermore, set short attainable goals in regards to your weight. This can help you obtain the results you want in the long run.

If you would like to learn more about diabetes and find a support group, there are many options for you. One of them is the bilingual diabetes class held at San Antonio Food Bank every fourth Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. It is absolutely free and you can enjoy the benefits of learning how to manage or prevent diabetes, as well as create healthy recipes.

For more information, visit the San Antonio Food bank web site: www.safoodbank.org.


E-mail Chapa at ilchapa@student.uiwtx.edu


Ileana Chapa

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