Spice it up
Cinnamon is more than a spice-cabinet
standby; multiple studies have shown that it
reduces blood sugar. Cinnamon offers a triple
play of defensive measures against high blood
sugar: It slows the emptying of the stomach
after eating, improves the effectiveness of
insulin and has antioxidant properties. “Many
of my diabetic patients take cinnamon tablets,
disappears with decaf—so for diabetes prevention, drink your coffee full force.
Do the D
New research suggests that healthy vitamin D levels are important to diabetes prevention. In one study, individuals with high
vitamin D levels were 38 percent less likely to
develop diabetes than those with low levels.
Though vitamin D is found in foods (such as
eggs and fortified milk), it’s difficult to get
enough from food alone. Have your healthcare provider check your vitamin D levels,
and ask about supplementation, if needed.
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The Costco Connection
Costco and Costco.com offer many
items for fighting or treating diabetes,
including glucose monitoring kits, vitamins, high-fiber foods, spices, coffee,
exercise equipment and accessories,
and a variety of weight-loss systems.
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Nix the nibbling
Take a bite out of your diabetes risk by
cutting out mindless nibbling. A single bite of
food has around 20 to 25 calories, and the
impact of 20 extra calories per day over 20
years is more than 40 extra pounds of body
fat. “I think we all know people who gain 40
pounds between the age of 30 and 50,” says
Stump. To stay slim and diabetes free, don’t
sample food while it cooks and strive to eat
only at the table.
multiple studies, a mere 150 minutes per
week of exercise can delay or prevent diabetes. Costco member Dr. Craig Stump, chief of
endocrinology, diabetes and hypertension
for the Southern Arizona VA Health Care
System, advises inactive patients to begin
with 15 minutes of walking per day.
“The first step out the door is
the hardest,” he says. To make
the biggest dent in blood
sugar levels, schedule
workouts about an hour
and a half after your largest meal of the day.
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Enjoy your daily grind
• Vitamins and minerals work
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to provide three levels of support.
A daily cup of joe (or several) can help in
the battle against diabetes. Scientists and doctors have long believed that coffee helps protect against diabetes. Now, studies have
shown that coffee consumption increases
plasma levels of a protective hormone called
SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin).
Studies also show that the protective effect
Make friends with fiber
The New England Journal of Medicine
reports that a high intake of fiber, particularly
soluble fiber, helps control diabetes symptoms. Fiber is listed as a carbohydrate on
nutrition labels, but it doesn’t affect blood
sugar the way that other carbohydrates do.
And because it helps you fill up, you’re less
likely to overeat. Aim for 25 to 35
grams of fiber per day, says Borcik,
and avoid low-fiber “white” carbohydrates such as white pasta,
white bread and white rice.
A diagnosis of pre-diabetes is
a warning sign, not a life sentence,
says Costco member Vandana Sheth,
registered dietician and spokesperson for
the American Dietetic Association. When
you embrace the opportunity to make lifestyle changes, you take charge of your health
and lay claim to a diabetes-free future. C
it in the
Costco member Malia Jacobson has a family
history of diabetes, so prevention is always on
her mind. She covers health topics for national
and regional publications.
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