There is a high incidence of diabetes in the African-American community — about 13 percent. But then one out of 13 Americans is diabetic according to the World Health Organization. The problem is growing exponentially. You should ask yourself: What can I do to achieve a healthy lifestyle and reduce, or reverse, those grim statistics?
Educating people about healthy foods is the first step. Just because you’re grappling with a minuscule budget doesn’t mean you can’t buy good, wholesome, quality food that’s beneficial to your overall health. It wouldn’t even hurt to ask your neighborhood grocer or market proprietor to bring in fresh fruit and vegetables. Eating fresh fruit and vegetables, of course, can control obesity.
I understand economics, but it’s a shame that neighborhood grocery stores and markets would rather put profits before health and nutrition. There is nothing wrong with making money — but at the expense of consumers who are already grappling with obesity? It’s preposterous.
The U.S. Diabetes Prevention Program, a major multicenter clinical research study nearly a decade ago, has shown that with a lifestyle change and modest weight reduction, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or even delay the onset of diabetes by 58 percent. But those who are prone to diabetes will have to consume more fruit and vegetables and switch from a meat-based diet to a plant-based diet in order to stop the onslaught of full diabetes.
Buying and cooking the right kind of food sometimes depends on which side of the track you live on. But that’s the society we live in. In my opinion, the poorer the neighborhood, the poorer the food choices. Better food is often found, not in the inner city, but in many cases in ritzier neighborhoods.
If you’d stop, observe and think about what you’re buying and putting in your mouth, you’ll be much better for it. You don’t have to be a glutton this holiday season to be happy. And, by all means, don’t stress out and over eat. Be mindful that obesity is on the rise.
(Dr. Timothy Moore teaches nutrition, heart disease and diabetes reversal through a plant-based lifestyle. He is a professional speaker, wellness coach and personal plant-based chef. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit him on the Web sites at www.cheftimothymoore.com or www.twitter.com/cheftimmoore.)
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