November is American Diabetes Month, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). This year’s theme of #everydayreality acknowledges that diabetes is an every day reality for 30 million Americans.

The goal is to create urgency about awareness and prevention; to help educate; to break down stereotype; and to correct myths and misunderstandings surrounding the disease. As part of this year’s campaign, actor Winston Duke joins the ADA to help spark a national dialogue about awareness and prevention. Duke is best known for his role as M’Baku in Marvel’s “Black Panther.”

For the diagnosed, the disease can affect every decision: what to eat, wear, do and other decisions about how they’ll take care of themselves. Yet the 24/7 burden of diabetes management is often misunderstood. And the cost of health care is 2.3x greater than for those without diabetes.

#EverydayReality Anthem from American Diabetes Association on Vimeo.

Learn more about diabetes basics.

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Learn how to lower your risk

  • Staying at a healthy weight can help you prevent and manage problems like prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol.
  • Physical activity can do a lot for your health, even if you haven’t been very active lately.
  • Making just a few small changes can have make a big impact on your weight and health. Learn how to make these changes step-by-step.

Diabetes Food Hub

The ADA recently launched the Diabetes Food Hub, a new digital cooking and recipe destination. The goal of the portal is to help people living with diabetes and their families eat healthfully. It offers hundreds of recipes with easy-to-read nutrition guidance, tips for healthy eating, and meal prep inspiration from ADA experts.

“More than just recipes, the platform also contains powerful features designed specifically to address the needs of people living with diabetes. Users can drag-and-drop recipes into a weekly Meal Planner, which automatically calculates nutrition information, and create an editable shopping list, organized by grocery store department to make your shopping trip easier. Nutrition Facts are available for all recipes, including total carbohydrates, calories, fat, and protein. Values for sodium, potassium, and phosphorus are also available to help users track their intake and create a meal plan suitable for blood glucose management, kidney disease, heart disease, or other health conditions. Diabetes Food Hub allows users to create personalized diabetes meals based on nutrition criteria they have developed with their diabetes care team.”

This portal is designed to help people with diabetes and their families, but don’t let that stop you. The recipes are a great healthy eating resource for anyone with pre-diabetes or anyone who wants to lower their risk of type 2 diabetes. In other words, most people!

See our prior related post:

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