A Story of Lifestyle Changes and Healthy Eating in Recognition of November as Diabetes Awareness Month
“Good morning, everyone, welcome to my podcast,” announced Cassie as she adjusted the microphone. “November is National Diabetes Month, and it’s a time to spread more awareness about this chronic disease. Did you know that according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), around 10% of people aged 20–79 across the world are living with type 2 diabetes? This number is expected to soar to 643 million people by 2030 and 783 million by 2045. It’s essential to understand the risks and effects of this life-threatening illness so that we can prevent it. To discuss her personal journey with type 2 diabetes, I’d like to introduce our guest today, Carol. So, Carol, tell us a bit about your experience after diagnosis.”
“Hi Cassie, thank you for having me here on your show today. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about three years ago and it has definitely changed my life. It was a real eye-opener in terms of what I should do to live a healthier lifestyle. Before then, I used to spend most of my days sitting in front of my computer and when stressed, I would often indulge in starchy comfort foods that were loaded with carbohydrates which convert into sugar once eaten. The sugar, also known as glucose, enters the bloodstream, increasing one’s blood sugar levels gradually, which over time leads to unwanted health problems.”
“Give us some examples of these foods?”
“Thanks for the opportunity, Cassie. I often wonder if people know which foods convert to unhealthy sugar when eaten:
White Bread is made from refined flour, which is low in fiber and high in carbohydrates. This makes it easy to digest and can cause a rapid spike in blood sugar levels.
Potatoes are high in starch and carbohydrates, which can cause a fast increase in blood sugar levels. This is especially true for potatoes that have been cooked and mashed or fried.
Pasta made from processed flour is high in carbohydrates, making it easy to digest and triggering rapid blood sugar spikes.
Rice is high in starch and carbohydrates, which can cause a swift increase in blood sugar levels. This is especially true for white rice, which has been stripped…