November is Diabetes Awareness Month
World Diabetes Day is celebrated annually on 14 November to raise diabetes awareness around the world. And in America where diabetes is a significantly growing concern, November is the Diabetes Awareness Month.
Over here in Singapore, the concern is very real as well.
Diabetes Awareness in Singapore
Did you know that 1 in 8 Singaporeans are diagnosed with diabetes? There are two major types of diabetes: type 1, often diagnosed in childhood, and type 2, largely caused by an unhealthy lifestyle and diet. Most people with diabetes—9 out of 10—have type 2 diabetes which can be prevented by following a proper diet and having adequate exercise.
Diabetes Awareness Tips for a Healthy Diet
1. Don't forget your grains
Unlike refined grain foods like white rice and white bread, whole grains are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, fibre and protective plant chemicals called phytochemicals.
2. Pick food rich in proteins
Select protein-rich foods which are lower in fat and cholesterol such as lean meat, fish, yogurt, legumes and nuts.
3. Eat your fruit and veggies
Fruit and vegetables are naturally low in fat and rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre.
4. Cut the oil, fat, salt and sugar
Choose healthier foods which are lower in salt, added sugar and fat. Limit alcohol intake.
Healthy Ice Cream Alternative
Do you know that Sugalight is the only ice cream in Singapore without added sugar? It is easily a healthy alternative to your regular sugared dessert.
Say NO to sugar and YES to diabetes awareness this November!