Nearly 25% of Americans are thought to have prediabetes—a condition of slightly elevated blood sugar levels that often develops into diabetes within 10 years—but only 4% of people know it.
What’s worse, of those who are aware, less than half really tried to reduce their risk by losing weight, eating less, and exercising more.
1. Nudge the scale
2. Pick the right appetizer
Before you eat that fettuccine, enjoy a salad with this dressing: Olive oil or Grapeseed Oil, fresh lemon, parsley, garlic and a bit of curry powder, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. (Suggested dressing from Four Winds Nutrition)
3. Ditch your car
3. Be a cereal connoisseur
Some tips: Look for the words high fiber on the box; that ensures at least 5 g per serving. But don’t stop there. Check the label; in some brands, the benefits of fiber are overshadowed by the addition of refined grains, added sugar, or cholesterol-raising fats.
Decode the grains: Where that fiber comes from matters too, so check the ingredient list to find out exactly what those flakes or squares are made from. Millet, amaranth, quinoa, and oats are always whole grain, but if you don’t see whole in front of wheat, corn, barley, or rice, these grains have been refined and aren’t as healthy.
Watch for hidden sugar: The "total sugars" listing doesn’t distinguish between added and naturally occurring sugars; the best way to tell is scan the ingredients again. The following terms represent added sugars: brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, invert sugar, maltose, malt syrup, molasses, sugar, and sucrose. Skip cereals that list any of these within the first three ingredients (which are listed by weight).
4. Unwind every day
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