by: Rita Duponty
What nutritious meals are you planning this week for your family? Getting them to eat what’s healthy is quite a challenge. I am sure you have found that common sense rules your decision-making. However, some very alarming statistics have just crossed my path that will affect my next food choices. Statistics indicate diabetes is at epidemic proportions. Here are the statistics for 2007 from the National Diabetes Fact Sheet. This is the most recent Fact Sheet.
Remember these numbers are only for the United States—not worldwide.
• 23.6 million adults and children have diabetes (7.8 of the population)
• 5.7 million cases are undiagnosed—or we could say they don’t even know
they have diabetes
• 5.7 million have pre-diabetes—Pre-diabetes means that the blood glucose
levels are higher than normal; but not high enough to be called diabetes.
• 1.6 million new cases each year (20 years and older) with diabetes
More alarming than all of these statistics is the fact that there is increasing frequency of younger ones (ages 10—19) being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. What does this mean? Type 2 diabetes has generally been a disease found in older adults not children. Most children are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is termed juvenile diabetes.
The medical community is quite concerned about this crossover from Type 1 to Type 2. What are some factors contributing to Type 2 diabetes? According to the reports, obesity in children and lack of physical activity. Yes, obesity and lack of physical activity!
So what does all of this have to do with your family’s eating plan?
Simple. Recent studies have shown that including berries with your meals may prevent or delay glucose insulin spikes or sugar spikes. In other words include berries—strawberries, blueberries—you get the idea. If a few berries may decrease our chances of getting diabetes—especially our children, then I say go for it! To get the details of these reports just click on my blueberry picture above and go to newsletter, and read the article Fruit Antioxidants May Deter Diabetes.
Don’t forget to increase physical activities for your family; the other factor in childhood obesity and diabetes. Oh, and have a berry good day!