Healthy Eating Habits

Often when people are diagnosed with diabetes, they get sad because they think “Now I can never eat chocolate cake again.” But that’s not what we’re recommending these days for people with diabetes. A healthy diet for someone with diabetes is the same as a healthy diet for any of us. All of us should make healthy food choices as much as possible and try to avoid the less healthy food choices. We should try to eat apples instead of apple pie. But that doesn’t mean that when you visit your grandmother and she made her famous apple pie that you can’t have it once. You just try to choose the healthy more often and the unhealthy less often. We don’t focus on particular foods – there are no foods you can’t eat and there are no foods that you should be eating. We want people to overall have a healthy pattern of eating and healthy habits in general. Specific food changes are not as important.

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Healthy Eating Habits

Merri Pendergrass, MD

  • Board Certified Endocrinologist
  • Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • Director of the Adult Diabetes Program

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Finding a cure for type 1 diabetes is the driving force behind JDRF, which is a global leader in funding research and bringing life-changing developments into mainstream practice. Since the foundation began, it has invested over $2 billion in research and development to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Today, JDRF continues to raise money, collaborate with researchers around the world and advocate for funding and health care initiatives at the state and national levels. JDRF has a strong community presence with fundraising events, such as the JDRF One Walk and Rides to Cure Diabetes. The foundation also provides education and support for people and families living with type 1 diabetes.
The goal of the Notah Begay III Foundation is to reduce childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes in the Native American population. The foundation focuses on educating communities about diabetes and how lifestyle choices can impact the development of the disease. The foundation’s NB3FIT program involves kids in sports activities such as golf, cross-country running and soccer, to encourage outdoor activities and conversations about lifelong health and wellness habits. The second focus of the NB3 Foundation is “Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures.” This nationwide program is devoted to research, advocacy and education. The NB3 Foundation’s website and outreach programs are full of ideas for getting kids moving towards a healthy future.
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