(KUTV) -- Adult onset diabetes is a growing problem. Even just a few years ago, patients coming to Becky were mostly needing help with weight loss. Now, more than half are seen for diabetes-related issues.
- Almost half of adults over age 65 have prediabetes.
- Patients showing high blood sugar are getting younger and younger.
Diet choices can help with diabetes prevention – and it doesn’t have to be a massive dietary makeover.
Even small changes can help prevent adult-onset diabetes and prevent complications that come with diabetes, including diabetic blindness, amputation, neuropathy, heart disease and kidney disease.
Foods that increase blood sugar:
- Desserts and sweets
- Starchy vegetables (potatoes, corn and green peas).
- Decrease these foods with portion control.
Carbohydrates are not “bad” to include in anyone’s diet, portions are just important!
How many carbohydrates should you be eating?
- 1/2 – 1 cup portions at meals (no more than 1/4 of your plate)
Maintaining a healthy weight is important along with regular exercise. Adults should aim for at least 30 minutes of cardio 5 x per week
- A brisk walk counts!
For more information visit intermountainhealthcare.org.