Ask Dr. Renee…About Eating To Prevent Diabetes

Collard greens in a basketThe horrible affects of diabetes are running rampant in our community. It is unfortunate that many people do not realize there are many things they can do to prevent a diabetes diagnosis, even if they have several family members that have been diagnosed. Several of my family members have been diagnosed with diabetes.

I try to do everything I can to make certain I do not get diabetes. Hopefully some of these tips will help you stay healthy as well.

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I am of West Indian heritage and we eat a lot of white rice. That is not a realistic way to live anymore with the threat of diabetes. I now substitute white rice with quinoa or brown rice. Rice takes on the flavor of what you cook it in, so I cook my brown rice and quinoa in chicken broth.

I no longer use syrup, and use agave nectar or honey instead because they have a low glycemic index. Low glycemic index simply means that these foods are slow to raise your blood glucose, which is what we want to avoid. You do not want blood sugar spikes because they will wreck your metabolism and cause your liver to store sugar as fat. This leads to weight gain and being overweight can lead to multiple health issues like diabetes.