Updated Dec. 4, 2007 – It’s the holiday season again― which means parties and family gatherings with tempting high-calorie meals. The festive food of the holiday season can be difficult to maneuver for people trying to reach and maintain a healthy weight, especially if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with the disease.
Being an African American can put you at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes, especially if you are overweight. But there is good news! If diabetes is a part of your family history there are ways you can prevent it. Studies show that type 2 diabetes and its deadly complications can be prevented or delayed by losing a modest amount of weight― as little as 10 pounds in a person who weighs 200 pounds.
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Making wise food choices this holiday season can be a first step toward prevention. Anyone can overcome the holiday eating challenge and avoid gaining weight by taking small steps― eating smaller portions, choosing healthy alternatives that are lower in calories and fat, and being physically active most days of the week.
Enhance your holiday party experience by taking some healthy eating tips, created by The National Diabetes Education Program:
Here are a few additional tips for the “healthy holiday host”:
The NDEP has great tools and materials to get you started on a game plan to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. To order materials or to find out more about the Small Steps. Big Rewards. Prevent Type 2 Diabetes campaign, call 1-800-438-5383 or visit www.ndep.nih.gov.
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