World Diabetes DayPosted by: Vivian Trac
November 14 is World Diabetes Day, a chance for all of us to learn more about diabetes, and how to recognise and manage this increasingly prevalent disease. Globally, around 371 million people currently live with diabetes. In Australia, that’s 280 people developing the disease every day. Awareness of this issue is vitally important as up to 50% of people living with diabetes are unaware that they have this chronic condition.
What is Diabetes?
In order for our bodies to function, we convert glucose (sugar) from food into energy. The hormone insulin is essential for this process. In people with diabetes, insulin is no longer produced (type 1 diabetes), or it is not produced in sufficient amounts for the body’s increased needs (type 2 diabetes).
So when people with diabetes eat foods containing glucose, the glucose can’t be converted into energy and remains in the bloodstream, leading to high blood glucose levels.
While most people are aware that the onset of diabetes can be prevented by lifestyle changes, it might be difficult to implement such changes into your everyday life. One of the simplest ways to do so is by making healthy food choices. We have therefore dedicated this post to a meal plan that incorporates healthy and delicious recipes. Remember that MealDish will also let you exclude ingredients you don’t want to eat much of from your meal plan, whilst helping you enjoy a broad variety of healthy recipes.
Click here for a meal plan for World Diabetes Day.
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